Man gets 30 years for molestation

Friday, May 30, 2008

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.

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  • Exactly this little girl is going to have this with her for the rest of her life. He needs to be gone for good. They system doesnt protect teh victim they are so worried about the criminals rights. Good time whatever.........

    -- Posted by flygal026 on Fri, May 30, 2008, at 5:42 AM
  • can we all say rehabilitation? Sure did work for this guy, oh wait a minute, did he serve time the first round? Probably not. After the first one, he should have been locked up. I get tired of hearing how many children are molested and abused. Only because nothing is done the first time this happens to children. Put them (child molesters) on the courthouse square, tar and feather them and watch them squirm. There's the good old judicial system. There should never have been any plea at ALL. Give him life, no parole for child molestation. People like that are the absolute most disgusting people on this earth. In the meantime, we are all paying for him to be in prison, eating, sleeping, playing on the internet while he's in "class" and receiving FREE health care! Can you say, new judge, new prosecutor.

    -- Posted by cty-govt-a-muck on Fri, May 30, 2008, at 7:00 AM
  • He could be released in less than nine years. He could get a year reduction for attending school (GED, A.S., vocational training). Six more months would be taken off if he attended drug/alcohol classes.

    If a guy likes to eat, attend schooling, sleep a lot and likes consensual sex, he's got it made in prison!

    -- Posted by Dagnabbit on Fri, May 30, 2008, at 9:34 AM
  • Ditto!!! To all of the above.

    -- Posted by concern on Fri, May 30, 2008, at 10:14 AM
  • "repeat child molestation"-notice the word repeat?---they never change.

    "10 or more instances of molestation"---can you say SICK-O-!!!

    "he admitted he had relapsed"---once again,they never change.

    Ok, so 18 prison, 12 yrs.of probation and will serve 9yrs.with good time.


    Let's go for the prison full time.Since he's now a sexually violent predator and can never be around children again, why can't he get a life time probation? I know it'd be hard to do, but if they can give a life time sentence in prison for murder and other things, why not a life time probation for being a repeat child molestor? One time he being around a child (knowing he's not suppose to be),then he can finish a life time in prison.I know it would make everyone feel safer.My heart goes out to the ones he's abused in such an evil manner.

    -- Posted by what_it's_worth on Fri, May 30, 2008, at 10:19 AM
  • why doesn't the banner graphic actually have a reporter in these hearings - they just print what is told to them. The guy was wrong - yes. The guy had a doctor testify as to what is the best practice of treatment for guys like this. As the judge said, he could have given the guy the maximun sentence and then be out, with no attempts to rehabilatate - which is what the Indiana constitution says to do - is that what you want? If so, then everytime someone gets a DUI, just send him to prison for one year - no exceptions. Get ready to build a lot more prisons and courts. If your going to comment, get the facts.

    -- Posted by basher on Fri, May 30, 2008, at 10:27 AM
  • What_its_worth, What are you thinking. Lifetime probation, are you kidding me? Probation, means they are still out on the street. Again, Are YOU KIDDING or what?

    -- Posted by cty-govt-a-muck on Fri, May 30, 2008, at 10:34 AM
  • What they didn't tell you is how he almost got a mistrial b/c they forgot to swear in the shrink but someone in the court room caught it. He's never going to stop and his wife is just as sick as him b/c she supported him and is planning on waiting for him to get out. She should have her kid taken away to protect the child.

    -- Posted by WitchBitch on Fri, May 30, 2008, at 11:15 AM
  • I agree with you "basher" the reporters should sit in on hearings like this.To much of she said he said goes on.Knowing the true facts would keep from alot of arguing going back and forth on here.

    "cty-govt-a-muck",Ideally, we would like to see all child predators sentenced to no less than life in prison without the possibility for parole. However, we understand that changes like that will probably never happen.

    -- Posted by what_it's_worth on Fri, May 30, 2008, at 2:58 PM
  • In my book, child molesters should be executed. If there is absolute factual evidence that they did it, they die.

    -- Posted by localman on Fri, May 30, 2008, at 6:55 PM

    -- Posted by Michele1953 on Fri, May 30, 2008, at 9:02 PM
  • they should be castrated like cows having to endure the pain and watch his testicles just wither away then shot right in the forhead AFTER they fall off

    -- Posted by jaredscousin on Sat, May 31, 2008, at 10:41 PM
  • Molesters have a sickness and they can not be reformed. They will always have the urge to prey upon a child and most will keep on doing this. Can you imagaine what being molested does to a childs mind? It changes their whole life and outlook on it. I have known people who have been molested and most of them their life is so messed up and some are ok but will never ever forget what was done to them. NEVER! For those molesters who say well I was molested as a kid, so do you think that gives you the right to do the pain you recieved onto another? BOLOGNA!! There is no excuse for it. I hope this kiddie Mo is in jail the rest of his life so he can never ever harm a child. I have no concern or care for molesters or rapist ,to me they are worse than any animal feces, they are not human like. A child killer needs not to even be able to live in my opinion, they have no rights. when a child is molested it takes that light out of them to ever trust a soul. Some come through it like Oprah winfrey who is open about being molested as a child. Well I just had to vent a little about molesters. When I think of anybody that could harm a child in such a horrible and evil sick way I think the world would be better off with them off the streets and out of contact with anyone.

    -- Posted by savethekids on Mon, Jun 2, 2008, at 2:54 PM
  • I am the brother of this sick indvidual. He needs to be locked up for life so that he can not touch another child. He has discraced his family and name not to mention the lifetime pain and suffering of the children involved. Our mother has sided and stood by him through all of this, she has made no attempts to see how the child involved is. He does not understand how many lives he has ruined by what he has done. How amny families he has divided. He will never change, and I do not feel that 9 years even comes close to fair considering what the child has been through & will endevour the rest of the child's life. to whoever asked earlier if he spent a day in jail for the first offense, NO he did not! 3 years probation & 3 years counseling. Had trouble going to counseling, he missed all of the time & they still let him walk around free to do it again. Paid counseling off & they let him go.

    -- Posted by HATE SEX OFFENDERS on Mon, Jun 2, 2008, at 3:17 PM
  • I'm sorry for the pain this has caused your family. I was wondering if the two Truebloods on the sex offender registry are related. Also, what good is a registry when the picture is so dark you can't even tell what he looks like?

    -- Posted by suzieQue on Tue, Jun 3, 2008, at 8:19 AM
  • Hang him on the court yard lawn!!!!!!!

    -- Posted by fourhorses on Fri, Jun 6, 2008, at 1:58 AM
  • In response to suzieQue, yes, the two Truebloods are related. They are father and son.

    -- Posted by jm46135 on Sun, Jun 8, 2008, at 10:00 AM
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