A candidate for Warrick County Coroner is facing charges of felony official misconduct and misdemeanor theft.
Vanderburgh County Deputy Coroner and Warrick County Coroner Candidate Christopher Leduc, 47, of Newburgh, was arrested in March after an officer allegedly noticed a discrepancy in items found at a scene of a deceased individual and what was later returned to a family member of the deceased. According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, Leduc responded to a scene of a death investigation on Feb. 9 where officers had previously taken note of items including more than $1,100 in cash.
The affidavit states that Leduc responded to the scene in his capacity as a Deputy Coroner and was made aware by an officer that the money was left on a countertop. However, the affidavit states that a family member of the deceased individual reported being given cash and a receipt for only $826.
According to the affidavit, an investigation into official misconduct was initiated as a result of the discrepancy involving interviews and searches of Leduc’s home, vehicle, phone and lockers. The affidavit states that throughout the investigation officers found a bank envelope that was known to have had some of the cash from the scene and prescriptions belonging to another individual who passed away a couple days later in February.
According to the affidavit, Leduc did not respond to the scene of the second death investigation. The affidavit states that the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office utilizes locked drop boxes for narcotics and property found or gathered during death investigations.
According to the affidavit, representatives of the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office told officers that the key to the lock boxes are in the office and which is locked overnight leaving only a few individuals with access. The affidavit also states that there were other medications collected at the scene of one of the death investigations that is still unaccounted for.
Ultimately, the affidavit states that a representative for the coroner’s office told officers there would be no reason for any of the items collected from the death investigation to be at Leduc’s residence.
Leduc was arrested on March 2, but later bonded out. He later plead not guilty in his initial hearing on March 6 and will face court again on Friday, June 5.
Leduc previously filed to run as a candidate for Warrick County Coroner as a republican against current Warrick County Coroner Sarah Seaton who is also a republican. There is no democratic candidate for the seat.