Probation officer of 16-year-old accused of murder resigns

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 11, 2014)– The probation officer for 16-year-old Simeon Adams resigned Thursday after Adams’ recent arrest.

“Tracy McDonald is no longer a probation officer for the Marion County Juvenile Court system as of yesterday,” Court Administrator Andrea Newsom told FOX59 Friday.

This comes after the arrest of one of McDonald’s probationers, who is now accused or suspected in several violent crimes in Indianapolis.

Adams is accused of shooting Erick Douglas on March 30th and killing Nathan Trapuzzano, an expectant father out for a walk on West 16th Street, on April 1st.

Adams is also a suspect in the burglary and the theft of 25 guns at C & C Midwest Firearms in Clermont on March 22.

The question is should Adams have been out on the streets in the first place, allowing those crimes to happen?

The answer is, it depends on how you look at it. He certainly could have been behind bars. McDonald came to the court on March 5th alleging violations of probation, one of which was the home confinement of Simeon Adams. The probation department could’ve asked for a detention order that would have locked him up.

“There were violations of the court’s policies that shouldn’t have occurred,” said Juvenile Judge Marilyn Moores.

Moores said probation officer Tracy McDonald didn’t follow policy, specifically, that Simeon Adams, now an accused killer, missed nine home confinement checks in February and March.

Moores said after three misses, the court is supposed to know.

“When a kid is not there three times, at the time they are supposed to be, probation’s policy is that they are to file a violation,” said Moores.

In that case, McDonald should’ve filed a violation after February 15th. Instead, it came on March 5th. On the first order for the April 7th hearing, Judge Moores and a magistrate both signed off.

“I’m not aware of any failures other than the probation officer not following the court’s policy,” she said.

Moores said because of the Adams case, the probation department is getting a refresher on what is and what is not allowed, sparking internal reviews.

“I think teaching is going on as we speak,” she said.

But the man without a job Tracy McDonald is talking to FOX 59, too. He said any perceived failure, shouldn’t only be blamed on him. He said he felt forced out and believes that someone else should take the fall for it, too.

“That’s all I’m going to say, yes,” McDonald told FOX 59.

McDonald did not have many comments but said he was looking into hiring an attorney in the matter.

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