Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 16, 2013

Not guilty pleas entered in official misconduct case

Michelle Ebert appeared in court Friday.

From staff reports

Kokomo — Not guilty pleas were entered Friday in the official misconduct case against a Howard County deputy clerk.

Michelle Ebert, 43, appeared in Howard Circuit Court with her attorney, Matt Elkin, who entered not guilty pleas on charges of official misconduct, a Class D felony; and assisting a criminal, a Class A misdemeanor.

The court then set a pretrial hearing for June 26 and a July 16 trial.

The charges accuse Ebert, who worked as a deputy clerk on the second floor of the Courthouse, of tipping off a suspect in a drug investigation about a search warrant at his residence. Ebert said she knew the man and tipped him off so he wouldn’t get arrested. The man’s name was withheld since he has not been charged in the case.

Ebert said she did not know any details of the investigation.

Police arrested Ebert Wednesday at her home. She was released from jail after posting 10 percent of her $5,000 bond. Ebert was suspended from her job without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

If convicted, she could face up to three years on the Class D felony, and up to a year on the misdemeanor.