BEDFORD – Wednesday afternoon, detectives with the Indiana State Police Organized Crime and Corruption Unit arrested Bedford Police Sergeant Jeremy R. Crane, following an investigation into official misconduct that allegedly occurred on October 3, 2020, in Lawrence County.
The investigation started when Bedford Chief of Police, Terry Moore, was contacted by members with the Indiana State Police informing him that Sergeant Jeremy Crane was mentioned and an accusation was made towards him that occurred in a separate incident. Chief Moore received additional information into the accusation and contacted Indiana State Police requesting they open an investigation after becoming suspicious about the collection of evidence during an investigation by Crane.
Upon the conclusion of the investigation by Detective Craig Starr, all findings were turned over to a Special Prosecutor for review.
As a result, Senior Prosecuting Attorney David O. Thomas filed the following two charges in Lawrence County Court
- Official misconduct (false reporting), a Level 6 felony
- Official misconduct (obstruction of justice), a Level 6 felony
Crane, 36, was taken into custody without incident and incarcerated in the Lawrence County Jail.
Bedford Police Chief Terry Moore released the following statement.
“In October 2020 I was contacted by members with the Indiana State Police. During that conversation, I was informed that during an investigation they were involved with Sergeant Jeremy Crane’s name was mentioned and an accusation was made towards him that had occurred in a separate incident. After I received additional information into the accusation, I contacted Indiana State Police and requested they open an investigation. At that time, Sergeant Crane was notified and placed on administrative leave. On April 14, 2021, I was again contacted by an investigator with the Indiana State Police advising me that their investigation was completed and in conjunction with a special prosecutor a warrant for Sergeant Jeremy Crane had been issued. Proper procedures will be followed as we move forward with this incident.