Our office was provided with the Indiana Office of the Inspector General's investigation of former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett related to allegations of improper use of state resources, a quid pro quo for a change of letter grade for an Indiana school, and ghost employment. A thorough review of the materials, including hundreds of documents and thousands of emails, was conducted. In addition, some individuals previously interviewed by the Inspector General's Office were re-interviewed by investigators from the Marion County Prosecutor's Office Grand Jury Division. No evidence was presented to justify criminal charges, and prosecution on each of these issues is declined. I would note that submission of the same Inspector General materials to the U.S. Attorney's Office likewise did not result in any Federal criminal charges.
“This matter has been the subject of significant rumor and innuendo. However, the conduct in question has been appropriately addressed as ethical violations, resulting in sanctions against Mr. Bennett by the State Ethics Commission.”
As with any case where criminal charges are declined, investigative files remain confidential.This is what I believe. For the first time in anyone's memory, the Marion Count Republican Party did not seriously contest the race for Marion Co. Prosecutor in 2014. It refused to raise any money for the Republican candidate, who spent less money than any Republican county-wide candidate for that office in decades. That was no coincidence. The only plausible explanation for Curry's refusal to investigate public corruption cases happening in plain sight on his watch is that he cut a deal with Republican leaders to ignore their corruption in exchange for a pass in his re-election campaign last year. The only alternative explanation is that he is a bumbling incompetent unfit to hold the office. To believe Curry, you have to believe that both former Clerk of the Courts Dwayne Brown and former Education Supt. Harold Negley were prosecuted for crimes they never committed.