Auroran Convicted Of Child Molesting; Faces 50 Years
By Mike Perleberg
(Versailles, Ind.) – A Ripley County jury trial has ended with a man being convicted of child molesting.
Carl Gleason, 55, was on trial this week for alleged molestations that happened in the Versailles area between 2004 and 2008.
The trial began Tuesday at the county courthouse in Versailles. Arguments wrapped up Thursday. It took the jury about five hours to deliberate on Thursday evening and return a guilty verdict on all five charges the Aurora resident faced: two counts of Child Molesting (Class A felony) and single counts of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor (Class B felony), Sexual Misconduct with a Minor (Class C felony), and Vicarious Sexual Gratification (Class C felony).
Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel said the victims were forced to testify, and one of them broke down emotionally after taking the stand.
“They are never going to escape what happened to them. Ever. The hope is that they can move forward,” Hertel said.
“A positive about the trial too is that it sheds light on a horrible crime that goes on in our county. We want to encourage other victims to come forward. Maybe this will further that.”
Gleason could be sentenced to 20 to 50 years in prison on each of the two Class A felonies he was convicted of. Sentencing will take place in March.