June 22, 2017-A Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy was charged today with two counts of rape, two counts of criminal confinement, and one count each of sexual battery and attempted rape according to Indiana State Police. Nicholas “Nick” Medarno, a 10 1/2 year veteran of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, is expected to turn himself in today according to State Police. The investigation began in the fall of 2016 after State Police were asked by Lake County Sheriff John Buncich to investigate the allegations. The charges were presented to a grand jury, a process that is rarely utilized in Indiana courts. The grand jury returned an indictment earlier today.
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