Former jailer sentenced to prison for misconduct

CROWN POINT, Ind. — A former supervisor at the Lake County Jail who admitted he released inmates on unauthorized passes in exchange for money has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Robert Matthew Nickovich, 39, of Merrillville, originally was charged with seven counts of bribery and one count of official misconduct, but pleaded guilty to two counts of official misconduct.

Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray on Friday gave him the three-year prison term and suspended one year of the sentence.

Murray said that Nickovich should be held to a higher standard because of his job.

“This conduct has the effect of circumventing the court’s order,” he said. “I’m very bothered by that as one of the four criminal court judges.”

Nickovich, a corporal with the sheriff’s department, was arrested after officers stopped four inmates driving out of the jail parking lot who claimed they had received permission to leave from Nickovich in exchange for the payments.

Defense attorney Alex Woloshansky argued for leniency, saying Nickovich had led an otherwise exemplary life.

Nickovich allowed the inmates to leave on Sundays for short periods of time to buy toiletries, Woloshansky said.


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