Seymour man arrested on three charges of child molesting


A Seymour man was arrested Thursday after police said he molested a 12-year-old boy.

Ernesto Miguel-Juan, 24, faces three Level 1 felony charges of child molesting after an incident reported to police June 30.

Jackson Circuit Court Judge Richard W. Poynter’s office said Poynter is expected to set a trial date during an appearance next month where a translator will be available.

The Seymour Police Department began its investigation when the boy was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for medical treatment and complained of pain.

An MRI revealed evidence that would suggest he was a victim of sexual abuse, according to court documents.

The victim was interviewed July 6 at Susie’s Place in Bloomington, where he detailed multiple incidents of abuse.

Seymour Detective Chris Franklin interviewed Miguel-Juan on July 27, and he denied all accounts and said “something is wrong with that kid,” in reference to the child’s accusations, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Miguel-Juan also detailed accounts where he said the boy tried to touch and hug him during encounters, according to the interview.

A warrant was issued for Miguel-Juan’s arrest Aug. 15 by Senior Judge Chris Monroe. Monroe ordered the warrant because Poynter was unavailable.

Miguel-Juan was arrested Thursday and booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 6:12 p.m. without bond.

A Level 1 felony is punishable by a sentence of 20 to 40 years upon conviction with an advisory sentence of 30 years.

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