A local man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years for repeat child molestation.
Daniel Trueblood, 33, Putnamville, went before Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley. He was arrested on the most recent charges April 25.
According to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Putnam County Sheriff's Department investigator Charles Bollinger, Trueblood was convicted of sexual battery on Aug. 22, 1997, in connection with the molestation of a 9-year-old.
On Sept. 7, 2007, Bollinger was contacted to investigate new allegations of molestation against Trueblood.
According to the probable cause affidavit, 10 or more instances of molestation were alleged to have occurred between February and September 2007.
Following a reported incident Sept. 7, 2007, Trueblood phoned his former social worker from his prior conviction, the affidavit said.
He was told by this social worker that they were no longer seeing patients, at which time he admitted he had relapsed -- meaning he had molested a child again.
Due to the nature of a second conviction of child molestation, Trueblood will now be registered as a sexually violent predator.
Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter said, "These repeat offenders have lifetime Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring and can never be around children again."
A plea agreement was set up between Bookwalter and Trueblood's attorney, Darrell Felling. In this agreement, Trueblood pleaded guilty to Child Molesting, a Class A felony, and to being a repeat sexual offender.
For this agreement, Trueblood signed a waiver not to appeal his sentence.
Judge Headley heard the case and handed Trueblood a 30-year sentence with 18 years executed.
"What this means is that he will serve 18 years in prison and have 12 years of probation," Bookwalter explained.
With Indiana good time credit, Trueblood could be released from prison in nine years.