By Andrea McCann
Washington Times Herald
WASHINGTON — A former Washington police officer was sentenced Thursday in Daviess County Superior Court to 10 years executed in the Indiana Department of Corrections.
Harley D. Hagemeier, 39, of Washington, pleaded guilty on Nov. 15 to dealing in methamphetamine, a Class B felony. Charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of chemical reagents with intent to manufacture, maintaining a common nuisance, two counts of domestic battery, possession of paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
The presumptive sentence for a Class B felony is 10 years, but the judge has discretion to add up to 10 years for aggravating circumstances or subtract up to four years for mitigating circumstances.
“The sentence handed down by the judge reflects the seriousness of the offense and, in my opinion, took into account that the defendant was a former police officer who should have known better than to get involved with methamphetamine,” said Daviess County Prosecutor Dan Murrie.
Criminal charges were filed against Hagemeier on Sept. 17, 2010, after precursors were found at his home on Sugarland Road, in his truck and in a trailer he used on State Street.
The situation came to the attention of law enforcement when Hagemeier’s wife, Andrea, left him and he became aggressive at Griffith Elementary School and New Hope Christian Church while looking for his children. He was arrested at that time on the disorderly conduct and criminal mischief charges.
According to a probable cause affidavit in the case, after Hagemeier was taken to the Daviess County Security Center, Andrea informed deputies there might be drugs in their home. She asked officers to check the home and signed consent for a search. She also told Washington Police Department investigators she’d found powder and a glass pipe in her husband’s clothing the week before. In addition, according to the affidavit, there were descriptions of physical confrontations between the two.
Executing the search warrant on the home, Daviess County Sheriff’s deputies found an HCL generator and a pitcher with white powder and a smell of ether. Deputies also obtained a search warrant for a trailer Hagemeier used and a truck he owned. They found digital scales and a homemade filtering device in the trailer, and batteries, cash and several prescription medications in Hagemeier’s truck.
“The Washington Police Department and the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office did a tremendous job working together on this case,” Murrie said. “The conviction is a direct result of both departments’ excellent police work.
“I hope everyone involved can start to move forward with their lives.”