Investigation may wrap up soon

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A Faribault County jailer remains on the job as an probe into possible misconduct continues.

Earlier this month, the County Attorney’s Office gave the Sheriff’s Department information regarding a jailer mentioned during the assault investigation of a Blue Earth Area football player.

“It’s not wrapped up yet, it takes time,” says Sheriff Mike Gormley. “I’m not going to comment until it’s over.”

“I can’t disclose details. I should know more by the end of next week,” he adds.

In June, Chief Deputy Scott Adams contacted county prosecutors after learning that Tara Sunken was named in a court document prior to a restitution hearing for a co-defendant convicted in the October 2017 assault.

After receiving transcripts and documents, Gormley began preliminary work on the internal investigation.

“Someone else is doing it. We always have an outside agency do the investigation,” he says, although he would not name them.

The mother of a defendant texted her husband, court papers say, and told him that Sunken warned a co-defendant’s mother that the cops were going to get a warrant for his cell phone that reportedly contained a video of the beating.

The phone was lost when the parents and their son took a weekend to Iowa to watch a college football game.

Also, the victim’s father says his son admitted in a written statement that he and another teen charged in the assault went to Sunken’s home to get alcohol to take back to a house party in Winnebago where the beating occurred.

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