IMPD officer pleads guilty, learns sentence in case involving girlfriend

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Jason Thomas

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 27, 2016) – An Indianapolis Metropolitan pleaded guilty to assisting a criminal this week after being arrested last year.

Jason Thomas originally faced charges of assisting a criminal and false reporting in connection with a case involving his girlfriend. He was given a suspended 1-year sentence and probation, according to court records. The false informing charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement. He resigned effective Tuesday, according to IMPD.

Thomas, 42, was arrested on Nov. 12. According to court documents, his girlfriend, Amanda Nickless, was taken into custody for a battery case on April 16. Thomas was listed as the victim. The court issued a no-contact order for Thomas against Nickless, but he picked her up from jail on April 17.

Nickless then failed to appear in court, and a warrant was issued for her arrest on April 27. She eluded authorities until June 17, when a tipster revealed her location to police. She tried to escape while being transported to jail, police said.

During a hearing on July 16, Thomas denied seeing her. However, posts on Facebook showed photos of Thomas and Nickless together.

Thomas later said he didn’t know about the no-contact order, but a call record from the Marion County Jail showed Nickless told him about the order over the phone.

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