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.