Aug. 29 — FLOYD COUNTY — A former New Albany police officer and current deputy with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office has been charged with two felonies in Floyd County.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed Monday in Floyd Superior Court No. .
Weaver is accused of sending an email on May 10 under the name of a New Albany police officer. In the email, which was sent to local authorities and two television stations, the author claims he reported criminal activity by other NAPD officers to his supervisor and nothing was done.
The officer named in the email was contacted by an Indiana State Police investigator on May 11. The officer told the investigator he did not send the email, according to the affidavit.
Through a search warrant, the ISP collected information from Google on the Gmail address. Information obtained through the warrant showed that the person with that email address had searched for “When will the police monitor an IP address” and “How to hide your IP address,” according to the affidavit.
The investigator states in the affidavit that he interviewed another detective with ISP, who said he had been in contact with Weaver. The detective said the call was “strange” because he hadn’t spoken to Weaver in some time, according to the affidavit.
The detective said Weaver asked if he had heard about the email that was sent about NAPD. The detective said he had heard that and believed the ISP was conducting an investigation into whether crimes had been committed, including impersonating a police officer, according to the affidavit.
Weaver asked the detective “if it could be a crime to impersonate a police officer if a police officer was the one who sent the email,” according to the affidavit.
The investigator states that he was able to obtain information from Verizon through a warrant to locate the IP address of the user who sent the email and it was traced to Weaver’s home address.
The investigator writes in the affidavit that he interviewed Weaver, who admitted hearing about the email but denied sending it. When the investigator reported information linking the IP address to his data plan, Weaver said his phone was not password-locked and his wife had access to it. He also told the investigator that he had acquired a new cell phone but did not know the date.
The investigator interviewed Weaver’s wife, who denied knowing anything about the email, according to the affidavit.
Weaver resigned from NAPD in 2021 after being placed on administrative leave. The News and Tribune previously submitted information requests about the situation, but only received a copy of the administrative leave notice.
Under state law, if an officer is fired, suspended or demoted, the city must provide personnel records. It is at the city’s discretion to release personnel records if an officer has been placed on administrative leave and subsequently resigns.
Harrison County Sheriff Nick Smith said Monday afternoon his department was trying to obtain the information contained in the affidavit.
“We have put [Weaver] on administrative leave pending an internal investigation and we are currently trying to get our hands on the affidavit filed by ISP,” Smith said.
According to ISP, Weaver turned himself in to court Monday afternoon.