Bond for alleged molester set at $30,000

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- A Cloverdale man accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl remained in the Putnam County Jail Tuesday in lieu of a $30,000 cash-only bond.

David E. Nelson, 32, is charged with Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

Nelson was arrested Aug. 26 by officers from the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force. He was taken into custody at the U.S. Federal Prison in Terre Haute, where he worked.

After the arrest, Nelson was transferred into the custody of Indiana State Police troopers and detectives from the Putnamville Post of the ISP.

Nelson is set for an Oct. 14 pretrial conference, but that date could be changed.

Court records said Nelson and his alleged victim had sex on two occasions. Both incidents are alleged to have occurred in June, and the alleged victim told police the sex was consensual and that she and Nelson did not use a condom either time.

Indiana State Police Detective James Dungan began an investigation on Aug. 2 at the request of the Putnam County Department of Child Services. Representatives from the Putnam County Prosecutor's Office also assisted with the investigation.

The alleged victim told authorities she had known Nelson since early May, and that she met him at church, court records said. She said she and Nelson would speak by phone at the beginning of their relationship, and that Nelson eventually purchased a prepaid cell phone for her.

The alleged victim said she and Nelson spoke by phone and sent each other text messages on a daily basis.

The alleged victim's mother took letters written to Nelson by her daughter and the cell phone Nelson purchased to police as soon as she discovered them, according to court records.

The alleged victim's mother also found nearly $600 in cash in her daughter's bedroom. Court records said the alleged victim told her mother Nelson had given her the money to keep quiet about their relationship, but that she later told police he had given her the money "for an abortion if she was pregnant."

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  • It should be set at 30 grand and two testicles!

    -- Posted by BlackBarbie22 on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 10:55 AM
  • That is a good idea BlackBarbie22. Unfortunitly,

    this person could still do harm to others. It is not about sex but control. That is why sexual preditors go after young children. It must make them think they are big shots. Maybe they need their brains removed. In the case of child molesters it is still in the same area.

    -- Posted by chicken on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 11:10 AM
  • Wait till they send him to the prison he works at and those guys find out he's a child rapist/molestor.

    -- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 11:34 AM
  • Fresh meat comin to the prison for some lovin from Bubba the Love Sponge!!!!!

    -- Posted by clgruener on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 3:28 PM
  • In the accompanying article there's this statement toward the end:

    "Court documents said the victim's parents believed Nelson was 25 years old. The victim's father told police that "if he knew beforehand the true age of Mr. Nelson, he would have reported it.""

    There's something very wrong with this! 25 years old, 32 year's old - it doesn't matter! Either way, its still a crime!

    -- Posted by ttocs on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 4:53 PM
  • This guy is out on bail watch your kids I saw him today trying to go to work.

    -- Posted by po-po on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 4:58 PM
  • HELLO what is wrong with these F@#$ing animals

    reinstate corparal punishment or the old ways of the hanging

    -- Posted by countryboy72 on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 12:59 AM
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