Elkhart Co. officer arrested for "invasion of privacy"

A seven-year veteran of the Elkhart Co. Sheriff’s Department found himself on the other side of the law this week.

Patrolman William Long Jr., 37, of Middlebury, was arrested on Tuesday by Indiana State Police for invasion of privacy.

Sgt. Trent Smith of the Indiana State Police tells NewsCenter 16 that Patrolman Long retrieved personal items from his estranged wife’s home Tuesday night while no one was there. Long requested an officer to come to the residence while he was getting his belongings, but the Sheriff’s Dept. told him they don’t do “stand-bys.”

When Long went to the home he kicked in the door and then notified police. He was taken into custody for violating a restraining order, but has since been released from the Elkhart Co. Jail. Long is expected to appear in court this Friday morning.

Sheriff Brad Rogers says Long will keep in contact with the state police regarding their investigation into the patrolman, and will determine what action is appropriate to take once the investigation is completed.

No further details have been released at this time. Stay with NewsCenter 16 as we continue to provide updates on this investigation.

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