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Special prosecutor appointed in Brinkerhoff-Riley case

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

A special prosecutor has been appointed in the case of Evansville City Councilwoman Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley.

Gibson County Prosecutor Robert Krieg tells 14 News that he is looking into the case.

Krieg said, "This incident occurred in Vanderburgh County but Prosecutor Nick Hermann requested a special prosecutor. Judge Tornatta is handling the matter and appointed me as special prosecutor in the case. This remains a Vanderburgh County matter and it will be handled there just like any other case with the exception that I, as Gibson County Prosecutor, will handle the case and have the jurisdiction to do so due to the appointment by Judge Tornatta," he said.

The investigation began after Brinkerhoff-Riley, then Evansville City Council Vice President, admitted to secretly recording a confidential meeting about the city audit.

She released that recording to the public.

Brinkerhoff-Riley remains on council, but resigned from the VP position.

The Indiana State Police are investigating the case. Krieg tells 14 News it was assigned to Special Investigations Detective Jan Kruse at the ISP Bloomington Post.

"I was provided a file from Detective Kruse regarding his investigation and after reviewing the file I asked Detective Kruse to attempt to obtain some additional information. He has done so and I expect a supplement case report from him soon," Krieg said. "Once I receive it I will then decide whether it is necessary to further investigate the matter or whether I have enough information before me to make a decision whether to file any charge," he said. "I expect that I will be able to make that decision soon, but that may depend upon whether I need additional information."

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