Reserve deputy facing federal charges, accused of lying in statements

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A Putnam County reserve deputy faces federal charges and it’s connected to a story you saw first on News 10.

About a month ago another Putnam County deputy was federally indicted on police brutality charges.

STORY | Deputy, city councilman Terry Smith arrested

On Tuesday another officer from the department was arrested for lying to the grand jury in that case.

The case has only gotten larger and now, there are federal charges against the son of the Putnam County Sheriff.

“We are here today with as I said yet another Putnam County law enforcement official who is facing federal accountability,” stated Joseph Hogsett, U.S. Attorney.

Andrew Fenwick appeared in federal court where the U.S. Attorney’s Office said he lied to a grand jury when he was questioned about the accusations of police brutality against Terry ‘TJ’ Smith.

Fenwick is now facing three federal counts of perjury.

It’s a case federal prosecutors take seriously and the issues now involve two sheriff deputies from Putnam County.

“The perjury charges that have been filed here in essence allege that Mr. Fenwick lied in support of Terry Smith in this case,” said Bradley Blackington, Assistant U.S. Attorney. “Interfering with a federal investigation by being less than truthful when you are called by subpoena to testify before a grand jury is unacceptable.”

Fenwick was released from custody Tuesday afternoon and his trial was set for June 16.

The case against Terry Smith is set for trial later this month. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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