Woman’s complaint brings misconduct charge for Lake deputy
BY RUTH ANN KRAUSE Post-Tribune correspondent January 31, 2014 11:36AM
Updated: March 3, 2014 5:25PM
CROWN POINT — A nine-year veteran of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department has been indicted by a Lake County grand jury on a charge of official misconduct.
Sam Orlich, 43, of Crown Point, surrendered Friday morning with his attorney, John Cantrell. Orlich posted $1,000 cash bond set for the class D felony, which is punishable by six months to three years.
The indictment alleges that on Sept. 19, Orlich, “a public servant, did knowingly or intentionally, commit an offense in the performance of his official duties,” contrary to state law.
No details on the alleged offense are included in the one-sentence indictment.
“If there is no other offense, there is no official misconduct,” Cantrell said. “Sam didn’t commit a crime. He is completely innocent and should not have been charged.”
A 37-year-old Lowell woman had reported an alleged sexual misconduct involving Orlich to Indiana State Police in Lowell, which began an investigation.
Orlich, the son of former Lake County auditor Sam Orlich, was not indicted for any sexual offense. He was placed on paid administrative leave once the allegation surfaced.
Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said he will submit the case to the merit board at its Feb. 23 meeting for further action.
“It’s never a good thing when you see an officer charged,” Buncich said.
Post-Tribune staff writer Teresa Auch Schultz contributed to this report.