Governor says DCS Associate Director resigned amid investigation for sending inappropriate messages

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - 13 Investigates has learned a former prosecutor hand-picked to help reform the Department of Child Services resigned amid an internal investigation for sending inappropriate messages to an intern.

Todd Meyer left his job as the Associate Director of DCS on July 16.

Now Governor Eric Holcomb is confirming Meyer left under disturbing circumstances. In fact, the Governor said the man he chose to help Indiana’s abused and neglected children is “not welcomed in state government.

Meyer is the former Boone County Prosecutor. His abrupt resignation from DCS came just a year after taking the high profile job with the state.

Now Holcomb confirms Meyer was under scrutiny for inappropriate messages to an intern.

13 Investigates does not know the content of those messages, but published news reports characterized them as “creepy” but not sexual in nature.

While Holcomb said it is not his practice to discuss personnel issues he did react to questions about Meyer because he had previously told reporters that Meyer left the state for “a better opportunity.”

Holcomb used strong words to describe his angst over the situation.

“Disgusted by what I read, beyond disappointed. It was in fact handled appropriately. This was brought to the attention of the agency on one day and was followed up all the way up the chain and he resigned the very next day as the investigation was starting. When it went to the state personnel it was deemed that the communication was inappropriate, and therefore he would be in eligible to work as a state employee,” said Holcomb.

13 Investigates has not spoken with Todd Meyer.

Meyer sent the following statement to Eyewitness News:

"I should not have communicated in the manner I did. I am sorry for doing so and I apologize. I have learned from this mistake such that it will never happen again. These messages were intended to be received in a positive and friendly manner, but I now recognize they were not, and I understand. As soon as this matter was brought to my attention I spoke with my wife and children, we discussed the situation in its entirety, and we are learning and moving on from it."

DCS would only confirm the date of his departure.

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