More trouble has surfaced for new City-County Council President Stephen Clay in the form of a WRTV Call 6 Investigates report.
It raises provocative questions about Clay's ability to lead and even serve on the City-County Council.
Jonathan Bryant, the man who, as reported by Abdul-Hakim Shabazz on Indy Politics, accused Pastor Clay of groping him several years ago, apparently did some digging, and he found something.
Per the report from WRTV:
Jonathan Bryant obtained a copy of his own DCS report from 2004 and provided a copy to IndyPolitics.org, which was shared with Call 6 Investigates on Saturday.
That report, which Call 6 Investigates' Paris Lewbel confirmed through multiple police sources to be authentic, says the case manager who investigated the allegations found the claims against Rev. Clay to be “substantiated” and was turning them over to police and the prosecutor.No charges were filed against Clay, and it's not immediately clear what happened after DCS turned the case over, according to WRTV. Both IMPD and the Marion County Prosecutor issued statements which are printed in the report. IMPD says there's no record of Clay being under investigation, according to WRTV. The Prosecutor's Office indicated to WRTV that they are still searching any records.
All of this puts Mike McQuillen, the Republicans, and the Democrats who backed Clay for the Presidency of the City-County Council in a tough spot, politically. McQuillen stated that the allegations against Clay were just that: allegations. I don't know if this report will change the calculus for him.
Regardless, it's clear one thing has to happen. Despite the fact that he was never charged, with these revelations swirling around him, Pastor Stephen Clay is no longer able to effectively lead or serve on the City-County Council, in my opinion.
Though he should, he's not likely to resign, and there's no mechanism to remove a sitting Councillor who has not been convicted of a felony.