Indiana trooper accused of sexual battery while off duty

An Indiana state trooper was arrested Thursday and charged with sexual battery for an alleged incident while he was off duty in February, state police said.

Ryan L. Griffith, a four-year veteran of the Indiana State Police, was charged with felony sexual battery and misdemeanor false reporting in Crawford Circuit Court, police said. He was held on $7,500 cash bond at the Crawford County Jail.

Indiana’s online court filing system did not reflect those charges Friday morning. It was unclear if Griffith has an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Griffith was arrested following an investigation into an incident that allegedly occurred Feb. 27, state police said. He allegedly touched “the female victim in an unwanted manner at a private residence in Crawford County,” police said in a statement.

Griffith also is alleged to have provided false information to investigators, who turned their findings over to a special prosecutor.

The trooper has been placed on administrative leave without pay until the criminal proceedings conclude, police said. At that time, an internal investigation will determine whether departmental discipline is warranted.

The incident originally was reported to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, which then asked the Indiana State Police in Jasper to conduct the investigation.

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