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Former Indiana Department of Child Services director resigns from school board

The former director of Indiana’s Henry County Indiana Department of Child Services, Michael Fleming, 58, of New Castle has stepped down from his seat on the New Castle Community School Board on Thursday, March 14 according to The Star Press. Fleming’s resignation comes in the wake of scandal after he was arrested early Tuesday for federal charges.

Fleming has been charged in U.S. District Court for perjury and making a materially false statement. Authorities allege he deliberately misled investigators and members of the U.S. District Court grand jury in connection with an investigation for sexual misconduct against a New Castle alternative school staff member.

Fleming was before a grand jury as they investigated allegations against Darrell Hughes, a recently hired behavioral specialist at a New Castle alternative school. Hughes, 55, of Muncie, is accused of sexually exploiting teenage boys he worked with through his job.

Fleming allegedly told investigators and the grand jury that he had no knowledge of the allegations of misconduct against Hughes. However, evidence suggests a DCS colleague was told by Fleming that he told a “white lie” while testifying before the grand jury. The DCS colleague brought this statement to the attention of investigators.

Fleming was released by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark J. Dinsmore following Fleming’s initial hearing. Judge Dinsmore stated prosecutors did not seek pre-trial detention. A trial date has yet to be set for Fleming.