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Former Town Marshal Arrested on Misconduct Charges

A former Sweetser Town Marshal was arrested Thursday on official misconduct charges.

33-year-old Chris Tarlton of Marion is accused of proving false information when buying a gun for an acquaintance.  State Police say Tarlton allegedly rote an official letter to a gun supply company identifying the acquaintance as a police officer in order to buy the gun at a discounted law enforcement rate.  That information was false, according to State Police.

Investigators say Tarlton was also certified as a drug recognition expert (DRE) and was required to complete two exams per year in order to remain certified.  Tarlton allegedly requested that a man from Sweetser in Grant County smoke marijuana so Tarlton could perform the required exams on him.  That man refused to do so.

State Police say Indiana standards to not require that a person be under the influence or overmedicated in order for exams to be conducted.

Tarlton was arrested at his place of employment and taken to the Grant County Jail on six thousand dollars bond.

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