Former dispatcher and reserve police officer charged with sex crimes

Terry Hill, Jr.

An Indiana State Police investigation has resulted in the arrest a local man who worked for the Daviess County Sheriff's as a dispatcher and as reserve officer for the Washington Police Department.

The Daviess County Sheriff's Department reports Terry R. Hill Jr., 23, Washington, surrendered at the Daviess County Security Center Monday evening. He was formally charged with one count of rape, three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and one count each of child solicitation and sexual battery. Hill, also known as T.J., spent Monday night in jail before posting $500,000 bail around midday Tuesday.

Details on the charges were sealed by the Daviess Circuit Court at the request of Daviess County Prosecutor Dan Murrie. A clerk at the court office said that it would be unlikely that the probable cause affidavit would be unsealed this week. Murrie was out of the office Tuesday afternoon.

The Washington Times Herald has learned that the charges stem from alleged events that happened while Hill was working as a volunteer girls soccer coach at Washington Catholic.

"I cannot comment because the case is still under investigation," said Washington Catholic Middle and High School Principal Karie Craney, who referred inquiries to the Evansville Diocese.

A Diocese spokesman also declined any comment.

"The case is open," said Evansville Diocese Director of Communication Tim Lilly. "We won't comment on any pending cases. Neither the Diocese or school will have anything to say on a case that is pending."

Hill had spent the last two years working as a dispatcher for the Daviess County Sheriff's Department but had been suspended for the last several weeks.

"As soon as I received word that he was under investigation I put him on unpaid suspension," said Daviess County Sheriff Gary Allison. "Once the formal charges were filed he was dismissed."

Hill is also no longer a reserve officer for the city police department.

"It's a sad situation," said Washington Police Chief Todd Church. "When we first heard the allegations we were in disbelief, but when we were told about them on March 6 he was immediately removed from the list of reserve officers."

Church says his department has no details on the case.

"Our officers were not involved in the investigation," he said. "He had been working as an unpaid volunteer but he had also applied for a full-time position."

No information on when Hill will appear in court was available at presstime.

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