Vigo County School Protection Officer fired following an arrest in Parke County

The Rockville man was arrested for engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile female.

Posted: Aug 22, 2019 9:23 AM
Updated: Aug 22, 2019 6:38 PM

PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - A school protection officer with the Vigo County School Corporation has been fired.

News 10 learned 32-year-old Nathaniel 'Jake' Arney, of Rockville, was arrested in Parke County for engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile female.

STATEMENT REGARDING FORMER EMPLOYEE NATHANIEL JAKE ARNEY

"Late in the evening of Wednesday, August 21, the Vigo County School Corporation discovered that Arney had been arrested in Parke County. The Vigo County School Corporation immediately placed Arney on unpaid administrative leave and his access to Vigo County School Corporation schools was revoked while the corporation confirmed the reports.

Once the Vigo County School Corporation confirmed the official report of Arney’s arrest on the morning of Thursday, August 22, his employment was terminated.

The Vigo County School Corporation takes seriously its duty to foster a safe environment for students. To that end, the School Corporation acted quickly to address Arney’s arrest and will continue to cooperate with its law enforcement partners."

That's according to the Parke County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say that alleged incident happened in 2017 while he was the coach at the former Rockville High School, now Parke Heritage High School.

On Thursday, a representative with the Vigo County School Corporation said they learned about Arney's arrest on Wednesday in Parke County and placed him on unpaid administrative leave.

Once the corporation confirmed the report on Thursday morning, he was fired.

Not only was Arney a former high school coach, but he also served as a Parke County Reserve Deputy for the last year and a half.

Sheriff Justin Cole told us Arney was immediately terminated from the department.

"You just want to ensure that you know you do a proper and complete investigation. Our goal is justice in the end regardless if it's one of your full-time officers or a reserve officer. If you hear something make sure you report it to the police, the DCS," said Sheriff Cole. 

Arney is facing one count of child seduction.

He was released from the Parke County Jail after paying a $15,000 cash-only bond.

Sheriff Cole told us Arney will have a court date set in the near future. 

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