According to information provided by the court, Kristle A. Brewer, 18, is alleged to have helped convicted sexual predator Larry Sharps transport an unidentified Terre Haute woman he abducted from her home back to Brazil.
On Wednesday, Brewer appeared in juvenile court before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout on formal charges of a class C felony criminal confinement and class D felony assisting a criminal.
However, juvenile court proceedings usually do not handle such extreme charges when dealing with allegations of delinquency by a minor.
According to Indiana Code 31-30-3-2, the juvenile court may waive jurisdiction if it finds (1) the child is charged with a crime that an adult would be charged with a felony for committing, (2) was at least 16-years of age, but under age 18, when the crime was allegedly committed, (3) there is probable cause to believe the child committed the act and (4) it is in the best interests of the safety and welfare of the community that the child stand trial as an adult.
Due to the "heinous nature" of the charges against Brewer, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office filed a motion to waive her case into adult court.
Agreeing, Trout granted the prosecutor's office 72 hours to formally file adult charges against Brewer. He also entered a not guilty plea on Brewer's behalf and appointed attorney James Organ to represent her.
Remanded into the custody of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brewer was booked into the Clay County Justice Center on a $10,000 bond with no 10 percent allowed.
Brewer is scheduled to appear for an initial hearing Monday to be formally charged.