Man files change of plea agreement


The former Crothersville High School boys basketball head coach arrested in late March on a Level 5 felony charge of child solicitation recently requested a change of plea agreement.

Gregory T. Kilgore, 52, of Crothersville filed that request in Jackson Circuit Court in Brownstown, and Judge Richard W. Poynter has set a hearing to consider it at 9 a.m. July 23.

The plea negotiated by the prosecutor and Kilgore calls for him to plead guilty to a Level 6 felony count of possession of child pornography and asked that the child solicitation charge be dismissed.

If accepted by Poynter, the deal calls for Kilgore, represented by North Vernon attorney Mark Dove, to receive a one-and-a-half-year suspended sentence. He would be placed on supervised probation and also be required to register as a sex offender. The deal also calls for Kilgore to have no contact with the girl and pay a fee of between $500 and $5,000, decided by the court, to the sexual assault victim assistance fund.

The charges against Kilgore, who also was the school’s athletic director, stem from an investigation conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the probable cause affidavit signed by county Detective Mark Holt, the investigation started March 18 when the department received a report about possible inappropriate messages being sent through social media from a Crothersville High School employee to a 14-year-old female student, police said.

Holt said he conducted the initial investigation after being contacted by Jackson County Department of Child Services.

During the investigation, it was learned inappropriate messages were sent from Kilgore to the girl.

Kilgore was arrested March 25 and booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 11:06 a.m. He also was suspended by Crothersville Community School Corp. after the allegations were made.

On April 3, Kilgore submitted his resignation as athletic director, junior-senior high school aide and golf coach and retirement as boys basketball coach.

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