Ripley County Prosecutor Handling Multiple Felony Corruption Case

Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel. (Provided Photo)

(Clark County, IN) – The former Clark County Sheriff who is facing dozens of felony charges was found in contempt of court recently.

Jamey Noel was sentenced in a Clark County courtroom to 60 days in jail by Special Judge Larry Medlock of Washington County for being in possession of two handguns, which is a violation of a court order handed down during his initial hearing last fall.

Ripley County’s Ric Hertel is the Special Prosecutor in the case, in which the Ninth Congressional District Republican chairman and former Indiana State Police trooper is charged with buying and selling luxury cars with public funds and charging nearly $5 million in personal spending to credit cards he had opened for the nonprofit fire and rescue he managed, among a number of other allegations.

The 52-year-old Noel’s wife Misty and daughter Kasey are also facing felony charges in the case, but Hertel told WRBI News the contempt ruling only applies to the former sheriff.

Hertel was assigned the case last July and filed the initial round of charges against Jamey Noel in November.

Noel was arrested following a five-month investigation by ISP detectives, and is now facing a total of 25 felony counts.

He is scheduled to stand trial later this year.

The case has garnered national attention, including being featured on the syndicated TV program Inside Edition.