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Gov. Daniels Comments on Capitol Police Investigation

4/20/2011

Governor Mitch Daniels is expressing confidence in Capitol Police following accusations of an officer behaving badly inside his family's occasional home.

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State Police confirm a criminal investigation is underway into another officer's claims that Capitol police Officer Mike Bates slept on the job and rifled through personal items inside the Indiana governor's residence.

Capitol police Officer Bradley Craig leveled those allegations against Bates in a resignation letter sent to Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell, accusing his former co-worker of snooping through underwear inside the governor's bedroom.

Craig also claims Bates used the shower, ate food from the refrigerator and left his post while on duty.

Despite the emergence of those lurid details, Daniels tells 93 WIBC he harbors no ill will toward the unit of law enforcement assigned with guarding state buildings.

"Indiana has the finest State Police in the country," Daniels said. "Capitol Police is a subsidiary of that."

Bates resigned from the department earlier this month. Charges could be filed against him after the results of the ISP investigation are forwarded to the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.

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