Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Clay County Rowdy Williams said, "We're pleased with the verdict. It was a just verdict. It provides closure for these three young girls."
Indiana State Police Detective Troy Stanton began investigating the complaints against Culler on Dec. 10, 2002. A probable cause affidavit was filed Dec. 20, of that same year alleging that Culler had inappropriate sexual contact with at least four different female juveniles younger than the age of 14, between 1991 and 2002.
The prosecutor's office amended the charges to one count of child molesting, a Class A Felony and two Class C Felony counts of child molesting. The trial began Wednesday morning and went to the jury about 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
A verdict of guilty on all three counts was returned about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. A bond hearing was set for 1 p.m. Tuesday. The sentencing hearing was set for 10:30 a.m. Feb. 23. Culler was handcuffed and escorted from the courtroom to the Clay County Jail by Det. Stranton.
A Class A Felony is punishable by 20-50 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine. A Class C Felony conviction can result in two to eight years of jail time and up to a $10,000 fine.
"I'm very happy for the three children in this case," Det. Stranton said after taking Culler to jail. "I think that's the most important part of the case. It's extremely gratifying that this will, hopefully, provide some closure for them. Now, they know they did nothing wrong. They did nothing to feel bad about.
"Hopefully this will encourage any other victims out there to come forward and tell ... someone they trust so they won't have to live a nightmare like these three children did. Justice was served today."