Johnson County prosecutor would be removed from office as part of plea agreement

Johnson County Prosecutor Bradley Cooper (WTHR Staff)
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FRANKLIN, Ind. (WTHR) — Eyewitness News has confirmed Johnson County Prosecutor Bradley Cooper has pled guilty to all charges against him in a domestic violence incident.

Cooper appeared in a Hancock County courtroom late Monday morning before a special judge and prosecutor.

Bradley Cooper mug shot (Courtesy: Johnson County Sheriff's Office)

He pled guilty to three felony counts including criminal confinement, identity deception and official misconduct. He also pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. He will be able to petition for those felonies to be lowered to misdemeanors if he completes the terms of his plea agreement.

Sentencing is set for July and he has 540 days of supervised probation being recommended. Cooper will also be removed from public office as part of the plea agreement.

The charges stem from a domestic violence incident that happened back in March.

According to the initial police report, the "victim reported that she was battered and held confined," then was “transported to the local hospital" where she was “treated for bruises, scratches and a contusion to her right eye.”

In a telephone interview days after the incident, Cooper told Eyewitness News, "A guest in my home attacked me and that's the end of it."

It happened around midnight March 4, according to investigators. The woman involved went to a neighbor's house and called 911.

When deputies realized an elected official was involved, state police were called to the scene.

"I was sleeping on a couch and woke up to a woman attacking me," Cooper told Eyewitness News in the same phone interview.

The couple has been dating for about two years. That night, they had dinner together. Later “she was enraged" after finding pictures of an old girlfriend on his tablet.

“I have a right to defend myself," said Cooper. "She was the instigator, the aggressor." When we asked if she was hurt in the altercation, he said, "I don't know."

A picture of the woman obtained by Eyewitness News shows her at the hospital with a swollen and bruised right eye.

Cooper called the incident "a stunt she orchestrated" for attention and claimed there had been previous incidents. “She is a violent person," he said, but insisted, "I love her.”

However, April 15 he pled guilty to all four charges against him.