On May 24, Child Protective Services contacted the Criminal Investigation Division of the Indiana State Police.
Det. Brenda Simmons was assigned to assist Child Protective Services in the investigation.
Information gathered from victim interviews led investigators to question John Henry Rice Jr., 53, of rural Clay City, concerning his involvement with the child. He is registered on both the Indiana and the national sex offender registries for a prior conviction of child molestation in August 2003.
Rice is accused of molestation, which, according to Indiana Code: 35:42.4, is the fondling or touching of a child, age 14 or younger, or an adult with intent to arouse or satisfy his or the child's sexual desires.
On Tuesday, Rice was arrested by ISP Det. Sgt. Troy Stanton at his home and preliminarily charged with three counts of molestation. The charge is a Class C Felony.
Booked into the Clay County Justice Center with on a $50,000 cash bond, Rice is awaiting arraignment proceedings.
According to the Indiana Department of Correction's online database, Rice was sentenced to two years imprisonment for a conviction of child molestation on Aug. 13, 2003. The database shows Rice's expected release date was Aug. 11, 2004, and that he was ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his lifetime.
The online Indiana Department of Correction's online database: