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Sexual misconduct case against Lake County officer will be reviewed by grand jury

Updated: December 16, 2013 8:44PM

CROWN POINT — Indiana State Police have completed their investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving a Lake County police officer and the matter will be reviewed by a grand jury early next year.

In response to a question posed by the Post-Tribune about the status of the case involving Lake County police officer Sam Orlich Jr., Prosecutor Bernard Carter issued a one-paragraph news release Monday.

“The case will be presented to a Lake County grand jury,” the release states.

Carter expects the case will be heard sometime in the first quarter of 2014.

Orlich, of Merrillville, was hired in March 2005, and is now on administrative leave, “according to Lake County Sheriff Department merit rules,” spokeswoman Patti Van Til said Monday after the Post-Tribune asked about Orlich’s job status.

Neither the state police, county police nor the prosecutor provided additional information the complaint that led to the investigation, which began in the fall.

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