EagleCountryOnline.com

Chief Deputy Retires Amid RX Pill Accusations

Posted On January 17, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

 

David Pippin retired from the Ripley County Sheriff's Office on January 3. file photo

David Pippin retired from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office on January 3.
file photo

(Ripley County, Ind.) – The former chief deputy of the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office has retired as he faces criminal charges.

 

Ripley County Chief Deputy David Pippin was charged with six felony counts of Acquiring a Controlled Substance by Deceit (Class D felony) on December 18. Indiana State Police investigators allege he obtained more than2,800 hydrocodone pills through a method called “doctor shopping” between 2011 and 2013.

 

A merit board hearing to determine Pippin’s status with the sheriff’s office was to be held Thursday, however, it wasn’t necessary. Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills tells Eagle 99.3 that Pippin retired on January 3. Pippin had been placed on administrative leave by Grills following his arrest.

 

Pippin’s criminal case in Ripley County Superior Court is still pending. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for April 15.

 

RELATED STORIES:

 

Sheriff: Chief Deputy Passed Drug Screen In Sept.

 

Chief Deputy Accused Of “Doctor Shopping”