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Arrest made on allegation of molestation

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

William L. Harris
The United States Marshals Service served an outstanding arrest warrant to a Coalmont man on allegations of child molestation Monday.

According to officials, William L. Harris, 36, was taken into custody at an undisclosed residence in southeastern Vigo County.

Harris was transported to the Clay County Justice Center and booked on a class B felony child molesting charge stemming from an alleged incident in June 2009 involving "deviate sexual misconduct with a child younger than 14 years of age."

In order to protect the integrity of the investigation and the identity of the victim and the victim's family, officials are withholding some details.

The allegations stem from a tip from the Division of Family Services on June 18, 2009.

During an interview with the victim a few days later, investigators learned of three potential incidents of inappropriate behavior between Harris and the victim. The victim reported two occurred in 2006, and the last occurred on June 18.

Although Harris initially volunteered to be interviewed and subsequently scheduled take a polygraph test at the CCJC in July, he later avoided attempts by investigators to discuss the investigation.

On Dec. 30, 2009, probable cause for an arrest warrant was presented to Clay County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout. Trout signed the warrant and issued a no contact order on behalf of the victim.

However, Harris avoided detection until members of the US Marshals Office performed a routine outstanding warrant sweep of Clay County.

If convicted of a class B felony, the highest charge filed against Harris at this time, the sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement ranges from 6-20 years in prison (with an advisory sentence of 10 years) and potential fines up to $10,000.

Harris is currently being held at the CCJC on a $25,000 cash bond (with 10 percent allowed) while awaiting further court proceedings.

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If he has been uncooperative, why is he allowed 10% on his bond????

-- Posted by secretary on Wed, Feb 17, 2010, at 8:54 AM

I'd say the bond is set as such because these are "allegations" and haven't been proven in a court of law - which is fair and just .. unlike assumption.

I don't know either party, but I know how small towns behave when one is "accused" - whether it's eventually proven to be true or not - most see the accused as "guilty". It's a natural reaction to crimes of this magnitude. Not fair or just, mind you, but a natural reaction.

I pray the victim finds the professional help they surely need .. and this guy, too .. if he is guilty.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Feb 17, 2010, at 10:44 AM

In response to Emmes: Its not about guilty or not guilty. He should be considered a flight risk and his bond revoked. If he is innocent why did'nt he take the polygraph and why did the United States Marshal have to find him?

-- Posted by houseofhate on Wed, Feb 17, 2010, at 8:37 PM

Oh did I forget mention I hope he gets exactly what he gave from a man named Bubba!!!

-- Posted by houseofhate on Wed, Feb 17, 2010, at 8:38 PM

I rest my case.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 10:56 AM

Why is it always bubba?

-- Posted by lilmomma on Sat, Feb 20, 2010, at 2:02 PM

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