Jerry McCory, 56, who most recently served as a Marion County sheriff's liaison at Jail II and Liberty Hall, is charged with patronizing a prostitute, a misdemeanor.
McCory, former director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, a Merrillville police chief and a public safety adviser to Mayor Bart Peterson, resigned from the Sheriff's Department on June 25 without explanation . . .
As part of the IMPD investigation, detectives randomly selected six names of clients who patronized Vernon-Lee's service from her log books. Among the names was McCory, whose name was listed under April 24, according to the affidavit.
McCory is accused of hiring an escort to perform oral sex. He was hired by the Sheriff's Department in December to monitor oversight and compliance in the department's work with private-facilities operators. His salary was $69,866 a year. He was not subject to disciplinary action or investigation by the Marion County department during his tenure, said Julio Fernandez, a spokesman for the department . . .
No other police officers or public officials are suspected in the case, said Capt. Chris Boomershine of the IMPD strategic investigations branch.
My first question is how many clients were listed in Vernon-Lee's service log books? My second question is how the six patrons, which included McCory, were randomly selected? My third question is why the magical number of six patrons was chosen? My fourth question is why only McCory and not the other five patrons are identified as being arrested for patronizing a prostitute? My fifth question is how do we know no other police officers or public officials were patrons of the service if the entire list isn't disclosed? And my final question is whether it is even worthy of law enforcement's time to prosecute patrons for something many people believe to be a victimless crime?
These types of investigations have sometimes been carried out recklessly in the past. People have committed suicide after hearing police and prosecutors announce in front of television cameras that they were reviewing customer logs of a prostitution service or displaying business cards of their clients to determine if charges were appropriate against them. Further, Mayor Ballard didn't seem concerned when he named Randall Tobias to lead the Indianapolis Airport Authority that Tobias had been identified as a customer of Deborah Palfrey, the DC Madame who we're told hung herself in a barn a few months back so she could avoid jail time for her crimes. Tobias maintains that he only received massages from Palfrey's service. Her fortuitous death meant that her former patrons could go on with their lives without any worry of being prosecuted for patronizing a prostitute, and her client list supposedly represented a who's who of Washington's powerful. It's a tough way to make a living. And it's an even tougher job for police and prosecutors to sort out a way to fairly prosecute people who make their living from the world's oldest profession or use the services of those who do.