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May 9, 2013

Man pleads guilty to child molestation

ELNORA — Logan Bryant Ward, 23, pled guilty to three counts of child molesting in Daviess Superior Court on Wednesday.

As part of a plea agreement, Ward pled to three Class A felony counts of child molestation while a fourth Class B child molesting charge was dropped. He was originally scheduled for trial later this month.

In April 2011, Ward was arrested by city police on a preliminary sexual misconduct with a minor charge following an event involving a then 13-year-old girl at a home in Washington.

According to police reports, Ward knew the accuser and was staying with extended family. It is the policy of the Times Herald not to reveal the accuser’s identity or any information that could lead to his or her identification.

The report stated the accuser was staying at a family member’s home on Saturday night where Ward was living due to being kicked out of his own home. She told officers the two had talked on Facebook and Ward had asked to have sex and she refused. Both knew the other’s ages, according to reports.

Late on the evening of April 6, 2011, Ward entered the accuser’s bedroom and forced himself on her. A family member caught Ward after the act and sent the accuser to another bedroom and told Ward to leave in the morning.

The accuser told officers that although she did say no to Ward, she did not fight back or call for help because she felt threatened.

Ward left the house at 2 a.m. that Saturday to stay with grandparents. On the following morning, the accuser and her mother went to Daviess Community Hospital where officers were called about the possible rape.

The accuser was interviewed, along with family members, and then sent to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis for examination. Ward was later interviewed and said he did have sex with the girl and knew that the girl was under the age of 18.

Ward is facing 20 years in the case, according to Indiana sentence guidelines. As part of the plea agreement, the sentences for all three charges are to run concurrently.

Sentencing has been tentatively scheduled for July 8. He is being represented by Megan Horton of Norris Law Offices in Washington.

 

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