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Officials investigate molesting allegations

Thursday, November 4, 2010

CARBON -- Information was released Thursday afternoon about an investigation into allegations of child molestation at a northern Clay County residence Wednesday evening.

Indiana State Police Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division at the Putnamville Post are currently investigating a complaint of child molestation involving an 8-year-old female that allegedly occurred at a residence near Carbon.

Officials report the child accompanied her grandmother to the residence to visit friends. During the visit, the young female asked to use the restroom and was escorted to the bathroom facilities by an unidentified 15-year-old male juvenile.

The male allegedly entered the bathroom, disrobed the child and inappropriately touched her private areas.

The child, who was not injured during the incident nor treated at a medical facility, immediately told her grandmother, who then contacted law enforcement.

The victim is a Clay County resident.

The suspect has been detained by Clay County Juvenile Justice authorities and is awaiting formal allegations of delinquency to be filed by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.

According to information provided by the Prosecutor's Office, children are not typically charged with adult crimes. In legal matters involving a juvenile, "allegations of delinquency" are filed against a minor under the age of 18, while formal criminal allegations or charges are filed against adults 18-older.

However, the allegations of delinquency can be linked to what potential crime could be charged if the child was an adult.

No information is available at this time regarding what allegations would be filed in this matter.

ISP detectives Sergeant Troy Stanton and Chris Carter, with assistance by Troopers Jim Cruse and Todd Brown, are involved in the investigation.

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at 15, you know what is and is not an appropriate touch.

-- Posted by houseofhate on Fri, Nov 5, 2010, at 3:50 AM

W O W !!!!!! Im speachless!!!! Our kids are safe no where!!! Sometimes I wonder if we should even let them out of our sight at all as parents!!!! Holy cow!!!

-- Posted by madmom01 on Fri, Nov 5, 2010, at 8:25 AM

Wow I agree with you both. Thats so scary. I feel sorry for what that young girl as to go through

-- Posted by kd323 on Fri, Nov 5, 2010, at 9:13 AM

I guess I would wonder what the grandmother and any other adults were doing during all of this. I could see showing the person to the restroom if she didn't know where it was at. I guess no one knew he went in the restroom with her or got suspicious when he didn't come back right away after taking her there?

-- Posted by bartpeterson24 on Fri, Nov 5, 2010, at 10:34 AM

since this case involves 2 children I have to wonder why its even in the paper at all....this should be handled in the court and not in the public eye....if either odf these kids were mine I would be outraged

-- Posted by petmonster on Fri, Nov 5, 2010, at 10:46 AM

I was wondering how long it was going to take for somebody to blame the Grandmother! Thanks for not dissappointing me.....

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Nov 5, 2010, at 10:50 AM

You know what? When I go visit friends, I don't continually keep visuals on who leaves and when they come back. Further .. if I had any IDEA my child would be molested, I wouldn't be visiting!

Give us all a break and stop with the "why didn't someone ...." act! The child did what she was supposed to do - she told her grandmother. The grandmother did what she was supposed to do - she told police.

It's under investigation, so let's keep our comments focused on the victim and her family, instead of why grandma let someone show her granddaughter where the 'potty' was in an unfamiliar home.

How many times have Mother's let their 8yo boys go into a public restroom while they stood outside waiting - not knowing WHO is in there with them? I've done it, I know most of you have too. Or Fathers with their daughters?

I hope this child and her family recovers from this and is more cautious in a strange and unfamiliar place. We should all take away from this a positive lesson and keep a closer watch over our children. I feel for the victim's family. I would be mortified if this had happened to one of my children.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Nov 5, 2010, at 11:39 AM

So much for this being a comment and opinion page somebody's gotta BEEP about it!! B.T.W. are you related to LEE??

-- Posted by Cardonia Redneck on Sat, Nov 6, 2010, at 10:03 PM

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