Jason Wade Halcomb, 34, of the Milan/Moores Hill area, was convicted of child molesting following a two-day trial in Ripley Circuit Court April 30-May 1, said Ric Hertel, county prosecuting attorney.
He reported, “The jury deliberated approximately three hours before returning the two guilty verdicts of child molesting.” Both convictions were Class A felonies, which carry possible sentences of 20-50 years.
Sentencing is set for May 30 at 3 p.m., Hertel advised.
The jury heard testimony from now-retired Indiana State Police Detective Glen Potts, who detailed his investigation and interviews of the victim and defendant. Evidence of the defendant’s interrogation was heard by the jury along with the victim’s school records.
According to the prosecutor, “The young victim also testified, having to explain the details of the abuse. The difficulty was obvious and the court had to allow her moments to compose herself. These criminal acts occurred in 2005-06 when she was only in primary school, but were brought to the state police’s attention in late 2011.”
Hertel tried the case for the state. Following the verdict, he asked for Halcomb to be remanded to the jail pending sentencing. The court agreed and ISP troopers escorted the defendant to the jail immediately.
Hertel commended the detective and his investigation and the courage of the victim.
He observed, “It is a monumental task for someone to stand and testify against a perpetrator like this, especially a child. I don’t think anyone can truly appreciate the difficulty and strain it causes.” He added the guilty verdict “does provide some solace and closure for her as she continues to heal.”