Cloverdale man charged with sex crimes
GREENCASTLE -- A Cloverdale man has been charged with 21 sex offenses -- eight in Putnam County and 13 in Morgan County.
Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter called the case of Jonathan R. Paugh "about the worst I've ever seen."
Paugh is charged with two Class A felonies, one Class B felony, two Class C felonies, two Class D felonies and one Class A misdemeanor in Putnam County. In Morgan County, he faces four Class B felonies, three Class C felonies and six Class D felonies.
The various charges include sexual misconduct with a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, dissemination of matter harmful to a minor, activity related to obscene performance, vicarious sexual gratification with a child.
"Mr. Paugh is presently in the Morgan County Jail," Bookwalter said. "I will ask the court for an order to transport him to Putnam County for an initial hearing."
If convicted, Paugh could face up to 137 years for just the Putnam County charges.
Court documents alleged Paugh had two victims, and that he molested them repeatedly over a seven-year span beginning in 2003. Some of the alleged acts occurred in Cloverdale, while others were reported to have taken place in Martinsville.
Court records alleged that Paugh began by showing his victims pornographic movies, and that eventually he began engaging them in various sex acts.
One of the victims told authorities Paugh bribed the victim with gifts such a video games and a guitar.
An affidavit of probable cause said that when he was interviewed, Paugh told police he had "a heavy heart" and that what he had done to his victims "bothers him a lot."
Paugh also admitted to smoking marijuana and using hallucinogenic drugs with his victims, court documents said.
Paugh's bond in Morgan County has been set at $60,000 surety plus $5,000 cash.