Anderson police officer arrested for domestic battery, residential entry charges

UPDATE (June 10, 2019)-- Anderson police confirmed Watters is on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

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ANDERSON, Ind. – An Anderson police officer was arrested early Friday morning, accused of domestic battery.

Indiana State Police were called to investigate the incident.

Officer Adam Watters, 23, is being charged with domestic battery, intimidation, official misconduct by a public servant, criminal confinement, and strangulation.

State police say Watters "went to the home of a female acquaintance in Anderson sometime between the hours of 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. this morning." He allegedly entered the home without permission and attacked the woman inside.

"He’s accused of coming to his girlfriend's home, forcing his way into the residence, assaulting her, putting his hands around her neck and confining her. The victim's grandfather came into the house and broke up the incident and he left," said Madison County prosecutor Rodney Cummings.

Prosecutor Cummings says Watters left the scene and went to his dad's home in Anderson.

Watters’ father is the chief of police in Anderson, but that didn’t stop state police from arresting Watters at his dad's home.

"It’s unfortunate this happened to an Anderson police officer, but we’ve prosecuted police over the years," said Cummings.

Anderson police did not comment on the arrest, but 23-year-old Watters had previously been disciplined by the department. Watters was suspended one day for allegedly walking into a Pendleton bar with someone under the age of 21.

State police also previously pulled Watters over for driving 45 miles over the speed limit in Indianapolis.

The prosecutor says the domestic abuse case will be taken serious, because no one is above the law.

"No one is immune from their wrongful behavior. Sometimes it involves law enforcement and we regret it, but the law applies to everyone," said Cummings.

State police say the investigation is ongoing and further charges may be filed.

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