Washington man sentenced in sex case

A Washington man pleaded guilty in a case involving a teen girl and was sentenced to time with Community Corrections. Joshua D. Catiller, 38, appeared in Daviess Superior Court where he accepted an agreement to plead guilty to one count of sexual misconduct with a minor. Judge Dean Sobecki asked if Catiller wanted to make a statement, but he declined. Neither the victim in the case nor any representative for her were on hand to make a statement to the court.

The judge sentenced Catiller to 3,600 days with the Department of Corrections. The judge suspended the jail time and ordered Catiller to spend 1,800 days in Community Corrections and 1,800 days on probation. He also received credit for 547 days that have already been served in the Daviess County jail.

Catiller was ordered to register as a sex offender and to have no contact with the victim or her family unless it is initiated by the victim as part of some kind of therapy.

Police originally arrested Catiller on January 4, 2018, on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and possession of child pornography. In a probable cause affidavit filed in connection with his arrest, authorities reported finding graphic images and text messages on his cellphone involving a 14-year-old girl. Also found on the phone were videos that were described as sexual in nature.

Catiller also told police that he had sexual relations with the girl and that the two had also exchanged nude photos. The events happened between May 15, 2017, and July 10, 2017.

While Catiller pleaded guilty to the sexual misconduct with a minor charge, three lesser charges were dismissed.

Judge Sobecki addressed the defendant before ending the hearing. "I have to find a balance when there is a plea agreement," said Sobecki. "Now it is up to you to live up to that agreement. There is no question you committed a crime. You have no room for a similar mistake. This agreement is yours, and it is up to you to follow the rules."

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