A Rushville man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison following his conviction on a charge of child molesting, a class “D” felony.
According to a news release from the Rush County Prosecutor’s office, Garyn Randolph, 26, of Rushville, was sentenced April 26, 2013, by Rush Circuit Court Judge David Northam to 20 years in prison.
The release states that Randolph admitted having sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 14.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed in this case, Randolph was a guest at the home of the victim’s family. While there, he went to the victim’s bedroom to play video games. Alone in the child’s bedroom, Randolph had sexual intercourse with the minor. After the sexual encounter, Randolph sent the child text messages that were sexual in nature. The minor later told members of her family who called law enforcement and an investigation began.
“I have to praise the victim and her family in this case for fully participating in the investigation which led to this conviction,” said Chief Deputy Prosecutor Phillip Morgan. “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.”
Prosecutor Phil Caviness said that while he was happy with the disposition of this case, he warned that it is not an isolated event.
“It is easy for us to put our heads in the sand and think that crimes that involve sexual acts only happen in other communities. The truth of the matter is that we have seen an increase in sex crimes here in Rush County in the last few years, especially those involving children. These perpetrators usually are family members or friends of the victim’s family. It is extremely important for parents to talk with their children about what to do if someone tries to touch them inappropriately.”
Morgan thanked Detective Richard Gosser and Sergeant Terry 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 are not being released.
Contact: Kevin Green @ 765.932.2222 x108