Man charged with child molesting

A Brownstown man was arrested Wednesday on six charges related to the molestation of children under the age of 14 following an investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Oddis L. Freese, 68, was arrested at his home on a Jackson Circuit Court warrant by Detective Bob Lucas and Officer Jesse Hutchinson.

He was charged with child molesting where the defendant is older than 21, a Level 1 felony; child molesting of a child less than 14, a Class A felony; a Class C felony count of child molesting; two Level 4 felony counts of child molesting; and a Level 5 felony for child solicitation.

Felonies that occurred prior to July 1, 2014, are assigned under the state’s former felony classification system that used A, B, C and D instead of numbers.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the two girls said in separate interviews in early February that Freese molested them on multiple occasions approximately six years ago and then again in recent years. Those interviews occurred at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Dillsboro and were conducted by a representative of that agency with police officers also present.

Police became involved when representatives with the Indiana Department of Child Services called for assistance following a report of child abuse March 1, according to court documents.

A Level 1 felony carries a potential sentence of 20 to 40 years upon conviction with an advisory sentence of 30 years, while a Class A felony carries a sentence of 20 to 50 years.

Freese was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 12:23 p.m. Wednesday and was being held without bond pending his initial hearing.

County Officer Rob Henley assisted with the investigation.