Professor arrested on drug possession charges


Brett O’Bannon, associate professor of Political Science and director of Conflict Studies at DePauw University was arrested on drug possession charges on Nov. 10.

O’Bannon was arrested by Greencastle Police for possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia in his home on Nov. 10.

According to the incident report, a representative of child services conducting a home visit called the police after O’Bannon showed them a bag that appeared to contain a crystal-like substance and a glass pipe. When officers arrived and arrested O’Bannon, he told them he had an appointment at a rehabilitation facility the next day. The contents of the bag, which weighed .09 grams, tested positive for methamphetamine.

O’Bannon was held at the Putnam County Jail before appearing in court on Monday for his initial hearing. At the hearing, O’Bannon was appointed a public defender and entered a plea of not guilty. The judge posted a bond of $10,000 cash and set a pretrial conference for Jan. 5, 2017.

“It’s a very regrettable situation,” said Anne Harris, vice president for academic affairs at DePauw. “He was on leave at the time of the arrest. Beyond that we are not at liberty to discuss personnel matters.”

O’Bannon was held at the Putnam County Jail for 11 days before being released on Nov. 21.