Former Paoli Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Conversion

(PAOLI) – Police Police Chief Randall Sanders, of the Paoli Police Department, requested the Indiana State Police conduct an investigation into former Paoli Police Sgt. Tyler Phillips.

Former Paoli Police Sgt. Tyler Phillips

Phillips submitted his letter of resignation on January 10, 2020, effective immediately.

Four days later, Paoli Police Chief Randall Sanders asked Indiana State Police to investigate a former officer’s conduct.

It was alleged that Phillips had taken several items of evidence to his residence and had not placed the items into evidence at the Paoli Police Department. It was also alleged that Phillips had conducted a controlled buy of methamphetamine and had kept the meth in his possession instead of placing it into evidence.

During the course of the investigation, ISP investigators discovered that Phillips had several cases where evidence was missing from the evidence room at the Paoli Police Department.

They also discovered that Phillips had several items of evidence in his possession that had not been placed into evidence at the Paoli Police Department.

On Tuesday, Special Prosecutor Dustin Houchin charged Phillips with one count of Conversion, a class A Misdemeanor. Phillips subsequently plead guilty to the charge on Tuesday in the Orange County Superior Court.