After pretending to arrest his son, a police officer turned himself in for charges related to the “scare tactic” stunt, NBC News reports.
33-year-old Timothy Hayes, Jr. faces two felonies. According to state police, the two charges involve neglect of a dependant and criminal confinement.
The charges involve an incident from earlier in the year. During the incident, Hayes pretended to arrest his 15-year-old son in an apparent attempt to frighten the teenager. The stunt included handcuffing his son, transporting him to the station, and leaving him in the car for a length of time.
The teen sat handcuffed in the car near the Adult Processing Center in a space designated for police vehicles. Then, Hayes left the teen unattended in an intake holding area within the Southport Police Department. He sat there for over a half-hour.
Timothy Hayes serves as a reserve police officer for the same police department. John Benton, the department’s spokesperson, told NBC Hayes worked for them for about a year.
Scrutiny of Hayes followed a report filed from a member of the local high school’s staff. The individual who worked for Franklin High School contacted the Department of Child Services after witnessing a troubling incident near campus. Details from that incident were not provided.
The report prompted an investigation conducted by Indiana State Police detectives. Following its completion, they turned it over to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. Subsequently, the office filed the felony charges resulting in Hayes’s arrest.
In a statement addressing the arrest of the police officer, the Southport Police Department said they planned to fully cooperate with any further investigation. They also placed Hayes on administrative leave.