Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger filed formal adult charges against Kristle A. Brewer, 18, with a class C felony criminal confinement and class D felony assisting a criminal.
According to information provided by the court, on Oct. 27, 2007, Brewer, who was considered a juvenile at the time of the incident, is alleged to have helped convicted sexual predator Larry Sharps transport an abducted unidentified Terre Haute woman to Brazil.
With Brewer's help, Sharps took the victim to a residence on North Sherman Street. Sharps confined the victim and sexually assaulted her until her escape from the house on Oct. 28.
On Oct. 27, 2008, Sharps, 36, Brazil, pled guilty per a plea agreement filed in Clay Superior Court on his behalf by Clay County Prosecutor's Office and defense attorney Geoffrey Creason.
Reluctantly, Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers sentenced Sharps to a total of 55 years incarceration on the charges filed in Clay County and remanded Sharps to the Clay County Justice Center.
According to officials, Sharps remains incarcerated at the Vigo County Jail to await further court proceedings.
When Brewer appeared for juvenile court proceedings before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout last Wednesday, he agreed with the prosecution's request to transfer the juvenile case to adult court because of the "heinous nature" of the charges.
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.
On Monday, the Prosecution had to abide by these findings and file the exact same charges and prove the process again in adult court.
Satisfied by the proceedings, Trout entered a not guilty plea on Brewer's behalf and scheduled a tentative jury trial date on the matter for March 2009.
Defense attorney James Organ successfully filed a request for a bond modification.
When the state did not object, Trout kept Brewer's bond at $10,000 but allowed her to bond out for 10 percent of the total.
Jail officials confirmed Brewer remained incarcerated as of press time awaiting further court proceedings.