A Ripley County Department of Child Services supervisor has
been accused of offering a woman information about her children
who had been taken from her in exchange for sexual favors and
Scott T. Ogden, 28 of Greensburg, was arrested November 3 on
the charge of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a Class A
Felony, Official Misconduct, a Class D Felony and Distribution
of Obscene Material, a Class A misdemeanor, according to information
from the Decatur County Prosecutors Office.
Ogden currently serves as the supervisor for both the Decatur
and Ripley county offices of the Department of Child Services.
According to the prosecutors office, the criminal charges
stem from Ogdens relationship with a mother who lost her
parental rights of her four children as a result of intervention
by the Department of Child Services. He was the family case
manager in the case. Parental rights were terminated in this
case and the children were adopted.
According to the Affidavit for Probable Cause, Ogden texted
her requesting sexual favors, and indicated in return he would
give her information about the placement of her children. He
told her he would meet with her and take her to her children,
who were about an hour and a half away. He had previously texted
her a photo of his male genitalia.
Arrangements were made for Ogden to meet with the female on
November 2 at the Greensburg City Park. The day before, Ogden
had engaged in text messages with the female where she asked
him, you cant get any pain pills can you?
Ogdens response was we shall c.
The female, who was equipped with electronic recording devices
to record any conversation between herself and Ogden, met with
him at the park. While Detective Rudy Perez and Bill Meyerrose,
Greensburg Police Department officers, were listening, along
with Detective Tamara Watson of the Indiana State Police, they
heard Ogden admit he had texted the obscene photograph to the
female. He said he took the picture while he was in the bathroom
at the Decatur County office of Department of Child Services.
Ogden told the female he would give her confidential information
about the childrens placement, including that the children
were in counseling. He said he had hired a private investigator
to find out more information about the children. He said he
wished to have an intimate relationship with the
female. She asked him what he expected of her and he replied,
you know what I want. When she pressed for more
details, Ogden said he wanted her friendship, but if there
was sex that would be great.
Ogden delivered hydrocodone pills to the female saying, Merry
When Ogden was placed under arrest, he was advised of his constitutional
rights, of which he indicated he understood. He signed a written
advice of rights, and agreed to an interview.
The afffidavit goes on to say he admitted to taking the photograph
of himself. He further admitted he had agreed to take the female
to see her children, but claimed he had no intention of actually
doing so. He admitted to giving her the pills.
Ogden, described as a public servant in court documents, was
also the case worker in the Devin Parsons case, a child
who was allegedly beaten to death by his mother in Decatur County.
The supervisor of children was booked into the Decatur County
Jail on a $50,000 bond, where he has already bonded out according
to sources from the jail.
A spokesperson for the Department of Child Services said Friday,
DCS is aware of the charges and will cooperate fully with
law enforcement. They also noted they would follow all
State personnel policies and procedures.
According to Fox59 news, Indianapolis, Ogden graduated from
Franklin College in 2006 with a psychology degree. He was hired
at the age of 23 by the Department of Child Services for the
State of Indiana. The report notes that Ogdens personnel
file reveals he admitted to a 2002 marijuana possession charge
and served one year probation.
A spokesperson for the State Department of Child Services told
the Ogden was a family case manager and supervisor and had cases
in Decatur, Ripley and Dearborn counties.
When asked about Ogdens status as an employee, Ann Houseworth
of the Indianapolis office of the Department of Child Services
told the Osgood Journal, "Odgen was dismissed from State
employment this morning," (Monday, November 7).
She went on to say the case was very disappointing and hopes
it doesn't reflect on the good job that 99% of the caseworkers
do. She said Ogden was dismissed per state personnel and DCS
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