Man gets 6 years for misconduct


A Jackson County man recently received a six-year-prison term after pleading guilty to a charge of sexual misconduct with a minor during a hearing in circuit court in Brownstown.

Jonathan Joseph Voss, 27, received that sentence after Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter accepted a plea deal that included the dismissal of charges of child solicitation and aiding, inducing or causing child exploitation.

The charges stem from an incident in which Voss had a relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Voss was on parole and serving home detention for an eight-year sentence in connection to a prior child molesting sentence when the relationship occurred. Special Judge Frank Guthrie imposed that sentence July 17, 2015.

Voss exchanged sexually explicit text messages that included photographs with the girl on his cellphone, according to a probable-cause affidavit signed by Indiana State Police Detective Mary K. Sanchez. Police seized his phone and laptop during the investigation.

Voss also exchanged Facebook messages and phone calls with the girl, police report.

He admitted he met the girl on at least one occasion at a roller skating rink in Scottsburg and other meetings. He also attempted to arrange a meeting at a church event.

At the time, Voss was 26, and the girl was 14, and he instructed her that their relationship needed to remain “low key” in a Facebook message when they first had contact, according to the affidavit.

Voss also is responsible for court costs, a $400 public defender fee and a $500 sexual assault victim assistance fee as part of his sentencing.

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