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October 29, 2013

Ockomon's attorney drops arrest record expungement motion

ANDERSON — Martin “Skip” Ockomon has dropped his motion for his arrest record to be expunged, and a special prosecutor appears to have perjured herself during a hearing.

On Friday, Ockomon’s attorney Bryan Williams abruptly announced he would be dropping the matter in favor of simply having Ockomon’s arrest record sealed, which is a simpler matter.

Ockomon was reinstated as a firefighter with the Anderson Fire Department last September after charges of child molestation against him were dropped a second time.

The brother of former Mayor Kris Ockomon, Skip Ockomon was on paid administrative leave from the department while he fought allegations that he abused three of his stepdaughters from 1986 to 1998.

Williams had argued the arrest records should be erased since there was no probable cause to bring charges in the first place.

But that changed on Friday after Indiana State Police Detective Tony Klettheimer refuted claims made under oath by special prosecutor Tami Napier at a July 1 hearing. During the July hearing, Napier described conversations she had with Klettheimer about the case where she asked him to question the alleged victims. At Friday’s hearing, Klettheimer denied the conversations happened, placing Napier in danger of disciplinary action for perjury.

After Klettheimer’s testimony, Williams said he was dropping the motion for expungement for a variety of reasons, but mostly because he didn’t want to continue to put the family through the emotion of court hearings.

“We’re in the unique position of being able to pull the plug, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Williams said. “Enough is enough.”

On Tuesday, Williams said he believes the bigger issue now is the discrepancy between the testimonies of Napier and Klettheimer. He said Napier perjured herself.

“That will be up to a different forum, but this isn’t over,” Williams said.

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