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March 11, 2014

Ex-DCS worker charged with perjury in sex probe

Indianapolis — The former director of a central Indiana child-welfare office is accused of lying to a federal grand jury investigating a high school counselor who's charged with sexually exploiting students.

Federal officials say 58-year-old Michael Fleming of New Castle was arrested Tuesday on counts of perjury and making a false statement.

Fleming had been director of the Indiana Department of Child Services' New Castle office.

Court documents say Fleming told a grand jury last month he'd never heard complaints of alleged misconduct by Darrell Hughes, a New Castle school counselor charged with sexually exploiting male students.

Fleming was fired Feb. 24 by DCS for allegedly urging a subordinate to make false statements in the Hughes investigation.

The charges say Fleming told that employee after testifying he'd "told a little white lie."


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