Potterville Police Chief, Shane Bartlett, has been formally charged today with three felonies including misconduct in office, lying to police and falsely reporting a felony.
Bartlett’s charges come after an investigation involving his wife, Kellie Bartlett, who reported that she was sexually assaulted by an Eaton County Sheriff’s deputy when she worked there as a clerk and was once romantically involved with the deputy.
Kellie Bartlett’s case is still pending in circuit court.
When Shane Bartlett was interviewed in Kellie’s investigation, he raised some suspicions regarding his statement.
6 News met with Shane Bartlett’s attorney earlier today to talk more about the charges.
“Prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he has committed the crimes that they alleged, so we’re going to fight that,” said Shane’s attorney, Matt Newburg.
6 News also got the chance to talk with some locals about what they think of the allegations and some people said they aren’t surprised about them,but are still upset that this is happening in their police department.
“He’s been involved with the city of Potterville for ten years, he’s been chief for the last three, so I can understand why people are concerned about the allegations, but again, these are just allegations,” said Newburg.
If he is convicted of all three felonies, he could face up to 13 years in prison and $17,000 in fines.
Bartlett was placed on paid administrative leave and Officer Richard Barry was appointed the Interim Potterville Police Chief.
Bartlett is out on a personal recognizance bond and is due back in court on May 14th.