Long-time Rushville resident Mark W. Sloan, 61, was arrested earlier this week following a week-long investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior and contact with minors.
Due to the nature of the charges and ages of the victims, their names were not released. Court records indicate the victims were 6 and 9 years old at the time the alleged inappropriate contact took place.
Detective Lt. Randy Meek of the Rushville Police Department was the lead investigator on the case and said that Monday’s arrest was a direct result of the good working relationship between local law enforcement and the Department of Child Services.
Sloan is charged with a single class “A” felony count of child molestation, two class “C” felony counts of child molestation and a class “D” felony count of sexual battery.
He currently is housed in the Rush County Jail with a $100,000 bond set.
Tuesday, Sloan was arraigned in Rush Circuit Court on the charges. As is protocol, the court entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. A jury trial date was set for May 21.
Chief of Police Craig Tucker said the RPD investigation centered on the report of sex offenses involving two children that continued over a period of time.
“As a result of that investigation, Sloan was arrested April 1 at the RPD and remanded to the Rush County Jail on charges of child molestation, a class ‘A’ felony and class ‘C’ felony. Sloan was additionally charged with sexual battery, a class ‘D’ felony,” Tucker said.
The investigation stemmed from an initial phone call to the Indiana Department of Child Services Hotline the morning of March 26. The information from that call was received by the local DCS office. The RPD’S investigation began later that morning and culminated with Sloan’s arrest six days later.
According to Detective Meek, during the investigation it was determined that probable cause had been established to believe Sloan had perpetrated sexual acts against the two unidentified children.
“It is a sad situation when a child is victimized, and situations like these often affect families in a multitude of ways for a very long time. We, the Rushville Police Department, are dedicated to finding the truth in these cases and bringing the responsible parties to justice in hopes of aiding in the healing process in some small way,” Chief Tucker said.
Rush County Prosecutor Phil Caviness noted that all subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Sloan has been an active member of the Rush County community in recent years.
He formerly worked as the assistant director of the ECDC, was the Market Meister for the Farmers & Artisans Market, he’s been active with the Rush County Players, served on the Riverside Park Amphitheater Organizing Committee and he has been employed as a substitute teacher.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106