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August 21, 2013

Clark County courthouse employee arrested

Woman preliminarily charged for accessing confidential documents

JEFFERSONVILLE —

A 20-year-old Clark County courthouse employee was recently arrested on accusations of accessing confidential documents pertaining to a Charlestown Police Department confidential informant and releasing the information on Facebook, which has resulted in death threats to the informant.

Destiny Share Bratcher, of Portage Trail in Jeffersonville, was arrested Aug. 14 on preliminary charges of obstruction of justice, a class D felony, intimidation and release of confidential information, both class A misdemeanors, and false informing, a class B misdemeanor.

Bratcher is a switchboard operator and mailroom clerk for the courthouse and is on paid administrative leave. She was also previously employed in a Clark County Circuit Court. Bratcher is the granddaughter of Clark County Clerk Barbara Bratcher Haas.

She has not been officially charged, and her employment status is contingent on the decision of the Clark County Commissioners. Jake Elder, attorney for the county, said the county commissioners’ office is gathering facts about the incident.

“We are attempting to determine what, if anything, occurred,” Elder said. “We don’t have the police report, and we want to look at that before reaching a decision.”

He said the office has spoken with Charlestown police and Bratcher and expect to make a decision on her employment status in the coming weeks. Bratcher had a hearing scheduled in Clark County Circuit Court No. 3 Tuesday, but the hearing was continued to Sept. 5 due to the lack of official charges. 

Bratcher was arrested Aug. 14, and was booked into the facility for seven minutes before she was released on her own recognizance, according to jail staff.

 

THE REPORT

Charlestown police initiated its investigation Aug. 8 after being contacted by the informant. The arrest came after Bratcher was believed to have unlawfully divulged information about the person.

The informant told the detective that known drug dealers in Charlestown were threatening her safety and calling her a “snitch” after the Facebook posts were made.

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