Muncie reserve officer arrested on rape, human trafficking, battery charges

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FISHERS, Ind. (November 14, 2015) -- An active reserve officer on the Muncie Police Department has been arrested on rape, human trafficking and battery charges at his Fishers home.

Fishers police say they were contacted by the Department of Child Services on a juvenile suffering various injuries. The victim told investigators that she had been physically and sexually assaulted inside a residence on Shoe Overlook Drive in Fishers. According to the victim over the past few months that same person coerced her into having non-consensual sexual encounters with other men.

Residents who live nearby are in shock that their friendly neighbor is now behind bars.

"You just never know what goes on behind closed doors. People can be whoever for a few minutes and then you just don’t know what their real lives are like," says one of Hatland's neighbors.

Saturday morning, detectives served a search warrant on a home in the 8600 block of Shoe Overlook Drive which is near 126th Street and Lantern Road. In talking with the homeowner, officers discovered he was an active reserve officer with the Muncie Police Department.

Fishers police arrested, 42-year-old Lonny J. Hatland and took him to the Hamilton County Jail.  Bond has been set at $52, 500.

According to a release from Fishers Police, the ongoing investigation may produce additional charges in this case.

Muncie Police Chief Steve Stewart says he removed Hatland from the Reserve unit effective Saturday.

"He is no longer associated with us effective with his arrest today," Chief Stewart.