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Prosecutor says school board member who helps train school police 'lied,' tried to hide past discipline

Chase Lyday remains in leadership roles that impact thousands of school children in Indiana.

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Published: 10:20 PM EDT August 24, 2023
Updated: 9:37 AM EDT August 25, 2023

The Hendricks County prosecutor took steps to warn other law enforcement agencies that the former Avon Schools police chief may not be truthful in his work-related duties, records show. 13 Investigates learned the prosecutor sent a letter to the school district, reporting he found evidence Chase Lyday “lied," "failed to disclose" past discipline and, under Lyday’s leadership, school police "negatively affected... investigations.”

Lyday resigned from his position as police chief in October 2022, while under investigation but before the letter was sent. Law enforcement experts tell 13 Investigates such a determination from the prosecutor is often career-ending because it calls into question whether an officer’s testimony or investigation can be trusted.

While no longer school police chief, Lyday remains in leadership roles that impact thousands of school children in Indiana. He is currently the executive director of the Indiana School Resource Officer’s Association, which trains school police across the state. He also serves as a school board member for the Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township.

While running for school board, Lyday promised to “hold everyone accountable.” He declined multiple 13News requests for an interview about the allegations.

Instead, Lyday provided the following statement:

“I am proud of my career in law enforcement and the impact I made on the people I served. It was an honor to work alongside some of the best officers in the profession. Although I have moved on from that chapter of my life, my mission to glorify God through loving my family and serving our community remain unchanged.”

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