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NORTH VERNON — A Jennings County man employed as a police officer was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with intimidation, a Class D felony.

Officer Jason Bliton, 41, of North Vernon has been placed on administrative leave by Sheriff Steve Hoppock as a result of the state police investigation, Maj. Jerry Shepherd said.

Bliton is being paid while he is on administrative leave, which is the normal procedure, said Shepherd, who is public information officer for the sheriff’s department.

 

Shepherd said the investigation began after the police received information about possible incidents at the home Bliton shares with his wife north of North Vernon.

Hoppock will review the case once the state police completes its investigation, Shepherd said.

Indiana State Police detectives and members of the ISP Emergency Response Team served the warrant on Bliton at his home Wednesday. He was taken into custody without incident, Sgt. Noel Houze of the state police said.

He was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail in Columbus for safety reasons, Shepherd said.

Bliton later posted a $10,000 bond and was released.

The warrant stems from an investigation in which Bliton is accused of having made threats to harm members of his family and other individuals, Houze said in a statement.

Bliton has been an officer with the sheriff’s department since 2002.

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