Decatur native D.J. Sigler is following in the footsteps of his father, Dan.
Sigler the son has been named a special prosecutor assigned to the case of Huntington County Commissioer Tom Wall, who has been charged with seven counts of misdemeanor battery against two women who worked for him.
In a story in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Sigler declined to comment on the details of the charges, but quoted the state statute that defines battery as “touching in a rude, insolent or angry manner.”
According to state police, the indictments handed down September 28 followed an Indiana State Police investigation launched last spring after authorities in Huntington County passed along reports that Wall had inappropriately touched several women.
Sigler convened the grand jury of six people to decide if there was probable cause to charge Wall with a crime. Sigler said grand juries are uncommon in Indiana and are often reserved for seeking the indictment of a public official.
“At this point, these remain criminal allegations, and Mr. Wall, of course, remains innocent until proven guilty,” Sigler told Archie Ingersoll of the Journal Gazette.
Wall, 59, was first elected as a county commissioner in 2008 and is up for reelection this year, opposed by Democrat Kenny Zuk.
If Wall is convicted of any of the misdemeanor charges, he could still serve as commissioner, Sigler told Ingersoll.
Wall is president of T.D. Wall Inc., which sells trailers, mobile homes and snowplows and also rents mobile homes at mobile home parks it owns.
Sigler, a Bellmont High School graduate, is deputy prosecutor for Whitley County. His father, a 20-year prosecutor in Adams County, practices law in Columbia City and has served as a special prosecutor in several cases, including high-profile case involving former Fort Wayne mayor and current state lawmaker Wifield Moses, and deposed Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White.