ODON — The director of an online counseling ministry killed himself Monday rather than face a charge of child molestation, according to law enforcement officials.
Robert A. Mangus, 59, Odon, would have faced charges of molesting a boy for several years, as well as taking and possessing child pornography, said Daviess County Deputy Prosecutor Donita Farr.
Mangus was scheduled to turn himself into the sheriff's office at 5:15 p.m., Monday, per an agreement between the prosecutor's office and his attorney, said Daviess County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Gary Allison. Mangus committed suicide at his home Monday afternoon, the county coroner confirmed.
An investigation of Mangus began in October when a 14-year-old boy told detectives that Mangus made him perform sex acts over the course of several years, according to an affidavit by Lt. Bill Dougherty, a sheriff's detective. The boy told officers that Mangus had also taken inappropriate photos of himself and a girl.
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Sheriff's detectives executed a search warrant at Mangus' home at 207 N. Spring St., as well as a storage building he rents on CR 900E. They confiscated cameras, computers and computer memory cards, according to court documents.
A sheriff's office report on what was discovered during the search described how a state police sergeant later used forensic software to recover 21 photos that had been deleted from a computer memory card. The images showed sex acts between a man and boy, which from physical indicators appeared to be Mangus and the victim, according to the report by Lt. Dougherty.
Detectives interviewed Mangus and his wife, Diane, at the Odon Town Marshal's office. Mangus denied the accusations and agreed to take a polygraph test, though he later declined to submit to the examination, according to Dougherty's affidavit.