Poland man receives 50-year prison sentence

Friday, September 3, 2010
Kenneth M. Carson

GREENCASTLE -- A Poland man was handed a 50-year prison sentence Thursday in Putnam County Circuit Court.

Kenneth M. Carson Sr., 52, was convicted on two counts of Class A felony child molesting. Judge Matthew Headley sentenced Carson to 50 years at the Indiana Department of Correction with 35 years executed.

The charges were brought against Carson after it was discovered he had molested a 3 and a half-year-old relative. The molestation took place in Putnam County.

"Mr. Carson deserves every day of this sentence," said Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter. "He has a long criminal history, and then molests a 3-year-old. The only place to protect society is prison."

Carson was also found to be a violent sexual predator, which means if he is ever released from prison he will be on lifetime GPS monitoring.

A warrant for Carson's arrest was issued on Aug. 12, 2009. He appeared for his initial hearing on Feb. 15.

Carson's bond was set at $100,000 cash only, and he had been in jail ever since his arrest.

Court records said Carson initially denied doing anything to his victim. He told police he was trying to mend his relationship with the victim's father.

Carson described his victims to police as "spoiled rotten." He said the child threw fits, but was "a good kid."

Carson admitted to police that he had been in prison six times, and that he had "met many people who are serving time because some child was mad at them and lied, and now they are in prison and they didn't do anything."

Carson agreed to take a polygraph test, which he failed.

Eventually, he admitted to touching his victim's bare anus with his finger, as well as inserting the tip of his finger into the child's anus. Carson said the incident occurred when he and the victim were in Carson's vehicle driving to Cloverdale on I-70.

Carson said he "had no idea why he did it," and that when the victim asked him to stop, he did.

The victim had said during interviews that Carson performed other sex acts on him, but Carson never admitted to any others.

"(Carson) was very upset and claiming he was a terrible person," a case narrative said. "He was more worried about how long he will be in prison."

According to an officer at the Putnam County Jail, Carson was immediately transferred to an Indiana Department of Correction facility.

Carson's other convictions for which he received prison sentences included voluntary manslaughter, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, intimidation and battery.

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  • As a mother of a 3 year old, this man absolutely disgusts me. I hope he rots in hell, as well in prison. Put him in general population where all the other offenders can get to him!!!

    -- Posted by ruserious27 on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 1:37 AM
  • "Carson's other convictions for which he received prison sentences included voluntary manslaughter, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, intimidation and battery."

    Maybe had he been properly sentenced in the past, none of this would have taken place!

    Seeing these stories about all these local "cho-moes" has been very disturbing. Why so many here lately? I hope that the county hurries up and gets them all sentenced-the MAXIMUM!!!!

    This is just another reason for parents to not only know who your kids are around, but also always keep an open dialect with them. Ask them questions, let them know they can always come to you with anything! Talk to them about "good touch- bad touch".

    I just pray that these children get the love, care and support they need to get through this.

    -- Posted by Redsonia on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 8:21 AM

    -- Posted by MORTY3 on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 9:41 AM
  • I don't understand a court system that can send a person to prison for 30+ years for bad checks then give a smililiar sentence to a man with such a background and such a terrible unthinkable crime. Doesn't make sense!

    -- Posted by havetowonder on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 10:59 AM
  • He should probably be more worried about what will happen to him in prison than how many years he will get. People like this make me sick. Adults are supposed to protect kids instead of doing things like this. Just ask them people in prison usually are innocent.

    -- Posted by floyd'srangerriders on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 1:36 PM
  • How are we going to get presents under our tree ever again with Santa in the can?

    -- Posted by GRNT on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 9:38 PM
  • This thing is nothing like a Santa, unless it's from a horror movie. Believe me I grew up with it. I'm so glade it is getting punishment for the crime. But I do so love that family!!! They are wonderful people. It makes you wonder what happens to a person growing up that makes them turn out the way they do. He can rott in hell like I said over 35 years ago. I'm glade some one finally got something done about this monster.

    Parents remember you can't always trust even some family with your kids.

    -- Posted by lynn123 on Sun, Sep 5, 2010, at 7:50 AM
  • Lets see voluntary manslaughter, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, intimidation, battery and been in prison six times,why was he loose?

    -- Posted by fed-up2010 on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 6:55 PM
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