Almost four months after an incident at the Poplar Pub in Terre Haute, Indiana, Terre Haute Police Department officer Trevor Singer plead guilty to two counts of battery and one count of public nudity in Terre Haute City Court on November 22nd, 2022.
In a statement released on the Vigo County Prosecutor’s Facebook Page an incident report was quoted stating, “Mr. Singer did appear in an intoxicated state and he had grabbed the heads of two females at two locations and pulled their faces to him and kissed them. He was also accused of rubbing up and down the leg of one of the women. It was also reported that he exposed his genitals while in the parking area near the second location.”
Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt was also quoted in the statement saying, he desired a “prompt resolution.” It was previously reported, however, that the Indiana State Police concluded their investigation of the incident and sent their report to the Vigo County Prosecutor’s office over a month before charges were filed, and weeks before Modesitt was set to face a difficult race for re-election.
In an email statement sent to and published by WTHI Chief of Police Shawn Keen revealed that he had been made aware of the charges against Singer the day before the charges were filed. An explanation for why Singer was not arrested the night of the incident has been requested from the Chief, but at this time he has not responded.
A public records request has also been submitted for the Probable Cause Affidavit in the case, and a log of the “calls for service” on the night of July 30th. This is the second case of a current or former Terre Haute police officer committing sexual assault in just over a year.
Last May, former Terre Haute police officer and Vigo County School Corporation safety/security coordinator, Travis Chesshir, was banned from certain areas of the Terre Haute Police Department by Chief Keen after he was accused of sexually assaulting another officer at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 85.
Update: The Vigo County Prosecutor’s office has explained that the charge of public nudity was filed rather than public indecency because witnesses stated Singer was urinating in public not “flashing” the victims.