Rushville Republican

August 23, 2013

Child molester gets 25 years

By Kevin L. Green Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — A Rush County man recently was sentenced to 25 years in prison following his arrest and conviction on a child molesting charge.

According to a news release from the office of Rush County Prosecutor Phil Caviness, Kenneth Pursifull, 39, of Rush County, was sentenced Aug. 19 by Rush Circuit Court Judge David Northam to 25 years in jail for child molesting, a class “A” felony.

The release states that Pursifull admitted to committing deviate sexual conduct with a 10-year-old child in 2005.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed in the court, the victim, who is now 18, told family friends that Pursifull had sexually molested her in 2005. The friends then notified local law enforcement and an investigation was started.

The victim was taken to a forensic interviewer who specializes in children who have been subject to abuse for a complete interview.

Rush County Sheriff’s Department Detective Richard Gosser and Sargent Terry Drake then questioned Pursifull. During the interview, Pursifull confessed that during the year 2005, he performed oral sex on a 10-year-old female at his home on more than one occasion, the release states.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Phillip Morgan handled the case and was pleased with the resolution.

“Due to the defendant pleading guilty to the A felony, the young age of the victim and the defendant being over 21 years of age when the acts were committed, the defendant was determined to be a credit restricted felon. A credit restricted felon receives one day of credit time for every six days served in prison. What this boils down to is that Mr. Pursifull will serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, as opposed to sentences which call for one day of good time credit for each day served. The credit restricted felon designation ensures that those people who commit heinous acts such as this are not able to get their sentence shortened due to good behavior or taking classes,” Morgan said.

“This case came to fruition due to the individuals taking the victim’s disclosure seriously and alerting authorities,” Prosecutor Phil Caviness said. “It is important that when a child discloses information of a possible molestation to an adult, the adult take it seriously and notify law enforcement so an investigation can take place.”

“I have to praise the victim and her family in this case for fully participating in the investigation which led to this conviction,” Morgan added. “It isn’t easy for a child to come forward and give statements to law enforcement describing the types of sexual acts that a person did to them. Many times the child is scared or even embarrassed to talk about what happened to them, but we are fortunate in this community to have law enforcement personnel and other professionals who are trained to talk with children in these difficult circumstances.”

Morgan also thanked Gosser and Drake of the Rush County Sheriff’s Department as well as members of the Rush County Office of the Indiana Department of Child Services for their work in investigating the case.

Due to the age of the victim, the names of the victim and victim’s family will not be released.

Contact: Kevin L. Green @ 765.932.2222 x108