Stanton's bond reduction set

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- A bond reduction made it possible for a Coatesville man accused of child molesting to be released from jail.

Robbie G. Stanton, 35, was arrested in early August. At his initial hearing in Putnam County Superior Court on Aug. 7, he pled not guilty to a charge of Class C felony child molesting and his bond was set at $25,000 cash only.

On Sept. 2, Stanton's attorney, Darrell Felling, filed a motion for bond reduction on behalf of his client. On Sept. 10, Judge Denny Bridges reduced Stanton's bond to $20,000 with 10 percent allowed or $15,000 surety.

On March 22, Felling filed a motion to set a change of plea hearing for Stanton. That motion was granted, and the hearing was set for April 5.

A joint motion to continue that hearing was filed and granted on April 5, and the change of plea hearing was reset for July 28.

On April 7, Putnam County Community Corrections filed with the court a notice of Stanton's ineligibility for home detention.

On July 14, both parties in the case filed a proposed agreed bond -- $5,000 with 10 percent allowed.

Stanton then posted a $505 bond and was released from jail

Stanton's arrest came about as the result of an investigation conducted by officials from the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, the Putnam County Department of Child Protective Services and the Greencastle Police Department.

Before Stanton could be interviewed by police, it was learned that he had admitted himself into the Hendricks County Mental Stress Facility. Court records said Stanton told personnel at the facility that he had anger management issues and had molested the alleged victim.

Stanton told police later that he was intoxicated when he had committed the acts.

Three alleged incidents -- described in court documents as fondlings -- occurred about two years ago at two separate locations in Fillmore. The victim was 11 years old at the time.

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  • I'm at a loss for words.

    -- Posted by 1stamendrights on Wed, Jul 21, 2010, at 1:40 AM
  • Are you serious??? Why the heck would he be allowed a bond reduction??? AHHHH. Great job Putnam County!!!

    -- Posted by proudemt on Wed, Jul 21, 2010, at 9:24 AM
  • I do not understand how someone like this can be out on bond. He wasn't intoxicated enough to not remember what he did.

    -- Posted by Concerned in GRC on Wed, Jul 21, 2010, at 9:26 AM
  • I am convinced that Putnam County is THE place in west-central Indiana to commit a crime.

    Attention all Criminals:

    Reminder to drag your victims over the Putnam County line. You're sure to get a lighter bond or eventual sentence.

    -- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Wed, Jul 21, 2010, at 2:11 PM
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