Chief wants SBPD officer put on unpaid leave after federal indictment

A South Bend Police officer who was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday has been on paid administrative leave since November 2014.

Police Chief Ron Teachman recommended disciplinary action on Officer Theodore Robert on November 7, 2014 and he was placed on administrative leave.

On March 18, 2015, Chief Teachman revised his original letter requesting disciplinary action and submitted a revised recommendation based on alleged violations of the Duty manual, violations of General Orders, as well as citizen and administrative complaints.

Robert requested a hearing, which was continued. A new date hasn't been set.

After Robert was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday, Chief Teachman will request the Board of Safety on May 20 to place Robert on unpaid leave.

Robert's disciplinary status is stayed until the criminal charges work through the court system.

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