SB police officer investigated for allegedly hitting child


South Bend, Ind. The South Bend Police Department has removed Sergeant Wayne Boocher from his regular police officer duties after learning that he is under investigation by the Indiana State Police for allegedly hitting a child in the parking lot of LaVille Elementary School in Lakeville.

Boocher, a 22-year member of the SBPD, was also a part-time bus driver for the Union-North United School Corporation, and LaVille Elementary School.

ISP is currently investigating allegations that Boocher struck a student while working that bus route. He has since been suspended from that job.

The student, a minor, allegedly reported the incident to school officials on October 24, 2013. School officials then reported the incident to the Indiana Department of Child Services, who sent the case to the Indiana State Police.

Captain Phil Trent of the South Bend Police Department tells NewsCenter 16 that Boocher was removed from his regular position at the police department and put on an administrative job where he has no public contact. Trent says the SBPD has no part in the investigation and is awaiting the results before making any decisions as to Boocher’s future.

“We’re waiting to see what, if any, charges will be filed before making that decision,” Trent said in an interview.

Boocher faced domestic battery charges after a 2007 incident at a local Target, where Boocher’s wife accused the police officer of hitting her in the face. He was suspended without pay for 18 months but the charges were later dropped after his wife recanted the story.

Trent said that incident will have no effect on the current situation.

“The decision will be made very far down the line and everything here and now is based on the present investigation,” he said.

Superintendent Mitchell Mawhorter of the Union-North United School Corporation said the schools actions will be determined by the results of the investigation.

The Union-North United School Corporation includes Lakeville and LaPaz, Ind. schools.


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