ANDERSON — An Anderson police officer allegedly threatened to have his girlfriend arrested when she struck him in the face after he grabbed her by the neck and threw her up against a wall, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by state police.
Adam Watters, 23, an Anderson police officer and the son of Anderson Police Chief Tony Watters, is charged with Level 6 felony residential entry, Level 6 felony official misconduct, Level 6 felony strangulation, Level 6 felony criminal confinement, Class A misdemeanor domestic battery and Class A misdemeanor interference with the reporting of a crime.
His bond was set at $5,000 during his initial hearing on Monday and he said Bryan Williams has been hired as his attorney.
Watters was released from the Madison County Detention Center after posting bond on Monday.
An order was also issued against Watters to have no contact with his girlfriend.
Watters was placed on administrative leave without pay from the Anderson Police Department last Friday, the same day as his arrest.
The Anderson Board of Public Safety has scheduled an executive session for 9 a.m. Friday in the council chamber of the Anderson City Building.
The Safety Board has authorization over any disciplinary action. The executive session will be followed by a meeting open to the public.
Anderson police contacted the Indiana State Police to investigate.
The night before the alleged incident, Adam Watters was drinking alcoholic beverages with Kiley Saylor at her residence, according to an affidavit of probable cause by Anthony J. Klettheimer of the Indiana State Police.
Saylor told police she went to Bourbon Street after getting angry with Watters for accusing her of texting "some guy," according to the affidavit. Adam Watters also went to the bar.
Saylor said she blocked Watters' phone number and had a friend take her home around 3:30 a.m, according to the affidavit. She told officers she drank two glasses of water and went to bed around 4 a.m., according to the affidavit.
Saylor told police she woke a short time later and Watters was in her bed with her dog in between them, according to the affidavit. The only other person in the home was Saylor's grandfather.
"Kiley stated she couldn't remember what was said because she was still half asleep," according to the affidavit. "Kiley stated she didn't even understand why he was even in her bed."
Saylor told police Watters grabbed her neck and threw her up against the wall and she hit him in the face, according to the affidavit. That's when Watters allegedly told her she was going to jail because she hit a police officer.
Saylor's grandfather grabbed Watters and said he had entered the home uninvited and "she wasn't going anywhere," according to the affidavit. Saylor said her grandfather told her to call the police, but Watters had thrown her cellphone down the hallway.
"Kiley stated Adam jerked his arm away as soon as her grandpa said call the police," according to the affidavit. "Kiley stated Adam then left."
Indiana State Police later arrested Watters at his father’s house.
Saylor told investigators she had been dating Watters for about 10 months and she did not want to file charges against him, according to the affidavit.
Adam Watters was hired by APD on Oct. 13, 2017.
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