Accused child molester arrested in Greene County
JASONVILLE -- An accused child molester received no leniency when he appeared in court Monday.
Dale L. McNeal, Jr., 47, Jasonville, was charged with two counts of class A felony child molesting and his bond increased to $100,000 when he appeared before Judge Erik "Chip" Allen for his initial hearing in Greene Circuit Court.
McNeal was booked into the Greene County Jail by Jasonville Police Officer Danny Keller at 2:38 a.m., Friday, on one count of child molestation and his bond was first set at $40,000.
When Allen approved the probable cause and preliminary charges on Saturday, he also specified that McNeal's bond be increased to $100,000 cash with 10 percent permitted.
In the probable cause affidavit filed Monday, Officer Keller wrote that on Thursday around 9:32 p.m., he talked to a person who told him about a situation that needed to be reported.
Keller then spoke briefly with a teenage victim before contacting the Division of Child Services and asked them to send someone to assist with an interview.
When DCS Caseworker Don Fish arrived, he interviewed a victim who provided details about a sexual assault by McNeal that had happened two days earlier and another one that happened a few months earlier. The victim also said the physical molestation had been going on (for seven or eight years) since they were five or six years old and at times it was a daily occurrence.
After concluding the interview, McNeal was contacted and asked to voluntarily come to the police department to be interviewed by Fish and Keller.
McNeal came voluntarily, waived his Miranda rights and spoke with the officers. The interview was recorded.
According to the affidavit, McNeal acknowledged he knew the age of the victim and admitted to the molestation that had happened two days earlier but said he had a hard time controlling himself because of two blue pills he had taken.
The affidavit says McNeal also acknowledged the molestation that happened a few months earlier.
McNeal went on to admit that these incidents had been going on for the past few years with an occurrence of around once a week.
The affidavit states that McNeal said he knew it was wrong.
Keller wrote that the affidavit did not contain a full and complete report of his investigation but was a summary to establish probable cause.
Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw confirmed that a conviction on one of these class A felonies is punishable by 20-50 years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine.