INDIANAPOLIS – The Word has learned that the special prosecutor assigned to investigate a rape allegation against City-County Councilman Zach Adamson has decided that no charges are warranted after a 19-year-old man accused him of rape.
“From the beginning, we have maintained that the allegations against me were false,” Adamson said in a statement. “We are pleased that after seven weeks of extensive investigation by the police, they have come to the same conclusion.”
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Tami Napier of Marshall County reviewed the information that the police had gathered, listened to interviews and conferred with detectives assigned to the case during her investigation determining that criminal charges were not merited based on the information available.
Napier was appointed to the case after Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry requested a special prosecutor, citing his “personal and professional” relationship with Adamson.
The accuser first filed a petition for protection earlier in June and then subsequently filed a police report with the IMPD on June 20 telling police that the alleged incident occurred last September during an overnight stay at a home occupied by Adamson and his husband, after volunteering for Adamson’s re-election campaign.
Adamson strongly denied the allegation in June, calling it a “political stunt,” and has maintained his innocence throughout the investigation.
The first openly gay councilman in the city’s history, Adamson last year was elected to a second term in a landslide. In January, he was appointed vice president, the No. 2 position on the council. The Democrat also chairs the Public Works Committee. He represents District 17, which includes much of the east side and an eastern sliver of downtown.