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Prosecutor candidate drops out of race

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The Democratic candidate for Gibson County Prosecutor has withdrawn from the race following his indictment on four charges, including possession of child pornography.

Attorney William Wallace officially withdrew late Thursday morning, said Gibson County Democratic Party Central Committee Chairman Charlie Mayfield. Mayfield made public a letter he sent to Wallace asking him to drop out of the race before the July 15 deadline of removing a candidate from the ballot.

“While I understand that you are cloaked in a presumption of innocence, the voters of this county have certainly heard of the grand jury indictment and subsequent criminal charges filed against you. As you know, your story has drawn unfavorable media attention at all levels: locally, statewide, national, and even internationally,” Mayfield wrote in the letter.

Mayfield went on to say that if Wallace didn’t withdraw from the race, the local party would do nothing to advocate his election.

Wallace faces four charges: obstruction of justice, possession of child pornography, patronizing a prostitute, and false informing. He was indicted on the charges June 15 following an Indiana State Police investigation into accusations by a former client that he videotaped the two having sex without her permission.

His trial in Gibson Superior Court is set for Jan. 24, 2011, after the election. Jonathan Parkhurst of Vanderburgh County has been assigned as special prosecutor on the case. Mayfield said the party has 30 days to caucus another candidate to run in the election.
 

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