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Greencastle man arrested for child molesting

Thursday, September 17, 2009

GREENCASTLE -- A Greencastle man was formally charged in Putnam County Circuit Court Wednesday with three counts of child molesting -- two Class A counts and one Class C count.

Judge Pro-Tem Trudy Selvia set bond for Billy Webster, 35, at $100,000 cash only and assigned public defender Melinda Jackman-Hanlin to Webster's case. Webster entered preliminary not guilty pleas, and a pretrial conference has been set for Nov. 5.

According to court documents, Webster is accused of fondling or having sexual intercourse with two female minors.

One of the alleged victims said Webster "would hurt her if she ever told anyone what had happened." That alleged victim told police the abuse began when she was 6 or 7 years old, and the last time Webster had molested her was in 2006, when she was in the sixth grade.

"She reported that during that time an allegation had been investigated and when she was questioned about the alleged abuse she lied, saying nothing ever happened," an affidavit of probable cause prepared by Greencastle Police Department Officer Randy Seipel said. "She told me that she lied because she was afraid of what (Webster) would do if she told."

The second alleged victim said Webster began abusing her when she was about 7 years old, and that "the last time he had sex with her she would have been 12 or 13," the affidavit said.

That alleged victim also told authorities she had been asked in the past about whether or not Webster had molested her and lied because "she is afraid of him," court documents said.

Interviews with the alleged victims were conducted late Tuesday afternoon. As soon as the interviews were concluded, a warrant was issued and Webster was apprehended at his home.

If convicted on all charges, Webster could be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.

In November 2007, Webster was convicted of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor. He received a suspended prison sentence of six years.

His criminal history in Putnam County includes charges of identity deception, criminal trespass and driving while suspended. At the time the child molestation charges were filed, he was on probation.

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He will have it better in prison, free meals, housing, medical, cable t.v. and BUBBA ! I'm sure bubba will love him. He will walk the compound and no one will know what he is in for. The bad part is the victims !

I hope he lives short and abused in prison.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 8:18 AM

Lock him up and throw away the key!!!!

-- Posted by Redsonia on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 9:04 AM

"He received a SUSPENDED prison sentence of six years." What? When "His criminal history in Putnam County includes charges of identity deception, criminal trespass and driving while suspended." ??? Truly mesmerizing. Any law professionals on here? Please educate me.

-- Posted by outtahere on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 10:28 AM

My heart goes out to websters family and the victims I'm sad to see this happened I couldn't see Billy doing this but I'm not saying he didn't do it. I will be praying for billy and his family and the victims.

-- Posted by cooper2004 on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 11:05 AM

Who on earth is responsible for this guy having been given a suspended sentence in 2007? Another glaring example of the system failing us!

-- Posted by justasking on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 11:13 AM

WHY do they keep letting these people out of jail? Whoever gave him a suspended sentence in 2007 should have trouble sleeping at night bc of a guilty conscience. Why doesn't the system work harder to PREVENT child abuse from happening? Instead of waiting for something horrible to happen, why not heed the warning signs and stop it before it starts? I am in favor of the law that would require sex offenders to be implanted with a human GPS microchip with liftime tracking. We need to stop worrying about stepping on the privacy toes of sex offenders and keep our children safe...at all costs!! Some people don't deserve "rights" or second chances. You know the law ahead of time..you break it..you forfeit your rights!

I hope this guy spends every single second of the rest of his life in prison. But of course..he won't. He will get a lame sentence and be out in half the time. And then he will be forgotten until we read about more of his victims in the future. Speaking as someone that was sexually abused I know that the victim has to deal with what happened to themevery day for the rest of their life! The victim gets a lifetime "sentence"...why doesn't the abuser?

-- Posted by putnammom on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 12:35 PM

"If convicted on all charges, Webster could be sentenced to more than a 100 years in prison."

What should be written after that is.... but he won't, because this is Putnam County and we will let him go with another slap on the hand. But don't worry, once he's violated his probation terms oh I don't know, about 3 or 4 times, then we will throw him away!

It's sad, but very, very true.

-- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Fri, Sep 18, 2009, at 6:58 AM

I went to college to become an attorney. While working for attorney's while going to school, one of the attorney's was representing a child molester that she knew was guilty. I asked her after one of her meetings with her client how she could represent a man that she knew was guilty of doing what he had done. Her response to me was that everyone has a right to legal representation. I told her that someone who has done what her client has done should have no rights. I reassessed my desire to become an attorney and decided that I did not have what it apparently takes to be a lawyer/liar, one in the same. It seems that everyone has rights except the victims. Our legal system is shameful.

-- Posted by Reba58 on Fri, Sep 18, 2009, at 8:26 AM

no, victory04...trust me, they will know..and thats not considered acceptable behavior even by the inmates. He will not enjoy his time.

I am an ex law enforcement official..and to answer your request, "outtahere"...smaller counties are leinant, its a shame...its the system, backed up, dont take the time to really look at it individually and they pass a judgement. Getting worse all the time.

-- Posted by Ijustknow on Fri, Sep 18, 2009, at 12:19 PM

I do not understand why the "prison system" seperates the "child molesters" from the rest of the population? I don't think they need any kind of protection. The kids didn't.

-- Posted by tonystewartfan on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 6:25 PM

I am asking everyone to attend this trial in support of the victims. Trials and or court cases are open to the public. If the judge sees all of us there in support of getting rid of this sick no good creep we might have a chance in helping future victims. This is a must that he is put away for good. He will not hurt my family anymore. Marines do not stand for this and the judge must take this all of the way. I do believe people are innocent until proven guilty, however if he has done this I will walk him to the devils door myself.

-- Posted by Bootcut on Fri, Oct 30, 2009, at 6:37 AM

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