The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian by the Indiana State Police:
|“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
Sergeant Michael Wood
Public Information Officer
812-332-4411 March 28, 2021
|Missouri Man Arrested for Child Molesting Lawrence County – On Saturday, March 26, 2021, Detective Allen Deel with the Indiana State Police Bloomington District Field Investigations, executed an arrest warrant for a Missouri resident who has been visiting family in Lawrence County on the charges of Child Molesting.
The investigation by Detective Deel began in February 2021, when he was made aware of allegations made by a 13-year-old victim. The investigation led to Detective Deel submitting a probable cause affidavit to Lawrence County Superior Court I on Saturday morning.
The Honorable Judge John Plummer found probable cause to issue an arrest warrant for Gary E. Jones, 70 years old, who was arrested and transported to the Lawrence County Jail on the following charge, One Count of Child Molesting, Level 1 Felony Detective Deel was assisted by Trooper Ben Burris and representatives from the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and the Indiana Department of Child Services. An arrest photo may be obtained from the Lawrence County Jail.
All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.