medarno.jpg

Nicholas Medrano | Lake County Sheriff’s Dept.

Northwest Indiana officer charged with raping co-worker

SHARE Northwest Indiana officer charged with raping co-worker
SHARE Northwest Indiana officer charged with raping co-worker

A northwest Indiana sheriff’s deputy officer turned himself in on Friday after being charged with rape of a former co-worker, according to Indiana State Police.

An investigation into Nicholas “Nick” Medrano, 34, started in the fall of 2016 when the Lake County Sheriff’s Department asked ISP to look into allegations against one of its deputies lodged by a co-worker in the sheriff’s department, police said.

On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Medrano, a Crown Point resident, on two counts of rape, two counts of confinement, one count of attempted rape, and one count of sexual battery, according to police.

Medrano turned himself in to sheriff’s police Friday morning, and was released after paying $10,000, 10 percent of a $100,000 bond, according to police.

He has served about 10 1/2 years with the sheriff’s department as a patrolman, ISP said.

A sheriff’s office spokesman said Medrano has been placed on administrative leave, pending filing of formal charges with merit board which at its next meeting in July.

The Latest
An end to gun violence will take more effective gun regulation and long-term solutions that focus on jobs, education, mental health counseling and violence intervention.
The Cubs opened a three-game series against the Pirates at Wrigley Field on Monday.
Johnny Cueto threw six innings of scoreless two-hit ball against the Royals on Monday. He struck out seven.
The $19.5 million PCC Primary Care Pavilion will offer a gym, dance center, demonstration test kitchen, community meeting spaces and a community garden and urban farm to Austin residents to help lower the life expectancy gap.