A former Whitko High School resource officer has been arrested for reportedly failing to report the rape of a 16-year-old girl, state police said.
Former South Whitley Police officer Matthew D. Gilbert faces a misdemeanor charge of Failure to Report a Rape or Sexual Assault. The 34-year-old Gilbert was arrested Friday.
According to a news release issued Monday by Indiana State Police, a complaint was made in February that alleged Gilbert had received information from a then-16-year-old girl that she had been the victim of a rape. Court documents allege the girl told Gilbert she’d been “gang raped” while struggling with a methamphetamine addiction.
Gilbert allegedly received the information at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year and never acted on it. The girl’s mother eventually called a police detective, court documents detail.
Whitko Community Schools said Monday that after it received the report, the district immediately removed Gilbert from his post as SRO.
The case was submitted to the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office, which decided to charge Gilbert. Gilbert was booked into the Whitley County Jail and has since bonded out.
He is scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon.
Whitko Community Schools issued the following statement:
Whitko Community Schools remains fully committed to student safety. The investigation was based on activities of the Police Officer that were outside of his duties as the School Resource Officer, we completely supported the Town of South Whitley’s decision to remove this officer, immediately, from our schools. This removal occurred March 21. This was Whitko’s last involvement with the situation, until like you we heard about the arrest resulting from the investigation.
The school district has installed its previous SRO as a replacement for GIlbert, the district said.
NewsChannel 15’s Angelica Robinson is working to get more information and this story will be updated.