Freetown man faces child molesting, pornography charges

A 30-year-old man faces a child molesting charge related to a recent investigation conducted by the Indiana State Police.

Cory Dwane Jones of Freetown was arrested at 10:24 p.m. Monday on a Jackson Circuit Court warrant for that Level 1 felony charge.

He also was arrested on a separate warrant for two charges of possession of child pornography as part of a separate case. Both cases were investigated by Senior Trooper Stacy Brown with the Indiana State Police Post at Bloomington.

Jones also was arrested on two Level 5 charges of child solicitation and Class A misdemeanors counts of intimidation related to another investigation in Owen County, according to a news release from the Indiana State Police Post at Bloomington.

Jones was arrested Monday at his mother’s home in Lawrence County by Trooper Sam Gillespie.

That arrest came just minutes after Jones called law enforcement and said he was working in Texas for a construction company repairing the damage from Hurricane Harvey, according to Lt. Andy Wayman with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

The child molesting charge in Jackson County stems from an interview Brown conducted with a 10-year-old girl Aug. 30.

During that interview, the child said Jones had touched her in an inappropriate place sometime July 30 or July 31, 2011.

Jackson County Detective Rick Blaker Jr., who has since retired, investigated the case in August of 2011.

No charges were filed against Jones at the time, Prosecutor AmyMarie Travis said.

The case came to light again after Brown began investigating information that Jones was in possession of child pornography he had obtained from the internet, Travis said.

She said Brown decided to re-interview the girl because the statute of limitations had not run out in that case.

During his investigation, Brown interviewed Jones, who admitted he had molested the girl, Travis said.

According to the probable cause affidavit, signed by Brown, the child was under the age of 14 at the time of the incident in 2011, making the charge a Level 1 felony, punishable by 20 to 40 years in prison upon conviction.

One of the child pornography charges is a Level 5 felony charge, while the other is a Level 6 felony.

Jones was being held Tuesday without bond pending his initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court.

The Owen County charges stem from evidence Brown said he and investigator Dan McBride collected that showed on two separate occasions Jones had solicited a child to engage in sexual conduct.

Police said they also learned that Jones spent anywhere from six to eight hours a day on social media pages with girls asking them to perform sexual acts for him.