Former Indiana police chief charged with 3 felonies

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AURORA, IN (FOX19) - After a four month investigation a former police chief of Aurora, Ind. had been charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor stemming from his job as a cop.

A grand jury indicted Dana Cotton on Friday.

On Monday, Aurora police arrested and charged him with Official Misconduct, Conflict of Interest and Theft, all felonies, and the misdemeanor of Conversion.

"We're embarrassed," says Aaron Negangard, Dearborn County Prosecutor.  "This is not the conduct we expect from police officers, and this is not the conduct that will be tolerated under this administration."

Cotton is accused of receiving payments for a personal business while on the clock at the Aurora police department.  Prosecutors say he also took tires off a wrecked police car and put them on his personal car.

Cotton was Police Chief in Aurora for seven years. After resigning earlier this year, he was demoted to patrol. Late Monday night, during an emergency meeting of the Board of Public Works and the mayor of Aurora, it was decided to dismiss Cotton from the police force.

"The publics trust has been betrayed, " current Aurora Police Chief Brian Fields says.  "Police officers need to be held accountable as well. We're not above the law."

No trial date has been set.

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