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Man arrested for probation violation

Sunday, February 28, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- A Brazil man is being held at the Putnam County Jail after allegedly violating his probation.

Keith A. Shepherd, 33, who was on probation for a November conviction for misdemeanor battery, has now been charged with class D felony sexual battery and class A misdemeanor public indecency in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Feb. 22, at the Putnam County Public Library.

According to court records, Shepherd was found exposing himself to and fondling the breasts of a Putnam County Comprehensive Services consumer in a stall in the women's bathroom at the library.

"It was requested that an investigation be conducted due to the mental capacity of the female being so low that she would be unable to consent to such activity," a report prepared by Greencastle Police Department Det. Randy Seipel said.

Shepherd and the alleged victim were discovered in the bathroom by a skills training specialist from PCCS. She said she went to the bathroom to check on the consumer and heard the consumer saying, "no, don't, bad touch."

"She pushed open the stall door to find the victim with her pants partially down and her shirt partially up," court records said.

The witness said she saw Shepherd take his hand away from the alleged victim's breast and that his pants were down and his genitalia was clearly exposed.

Shepherd, a former PCCS consumer, was described by PCCS staff as "mildly challenged," but they also said he "knows right from wrong and this is something that he would know was inappropriate."

Court records stated the alleged victim has the mental capacity of "a preschooler."

Court records also indicated Shepherd called the alleged victim's mother a year ago to ask if the alleged victim could spend the night at his house. Shepherd was told no and he was removed from PCCS for disciplinary reasons.

After his arrest, Shepherd told police he was in the women's bathroom at the library because he had to use the restroom and the men's room was full. He said the alleged victim pulled him into the stall and tried to get him to touch her.

Shepherd eventually confessed his story was a lie, court records indicated.

On Friday, Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter filed a petition to revoke Shepherd's probation. No court date has been set in the revocation case or for the new charges.

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Wow. Sickening to read and I'm sure a horrifying experience for the victim. Let's hope this man gets the justice he deserves.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 10:51 AM

Do we really need this story?

-- Posted by Mrs. Positive on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 11:35 AM

Yes, we do need to read about these kinds of sickening stories so then we are reminded to protect our children and also to help and protect the mentally challenged from being manipulated, even in a public restroom.

This man needs to be put away for life, to protect all of society.

-- Posted by busymomandstudent on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 1:30 PM

Yes, we need the reminder that the world isn't a "positive" place all the time, Mrs. Positive. In a perfect world, no one would be suspect.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Mar 8, 2010, at 11:07 AM

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