Austin man wanted for child molesting arrested in Jackson County

A 49-year-old Scott County man wanted on seven counts of child molesting was arrested after he was found hiding Monday at a rural residence in Jackson County, police report.

Tyson Myers of Austin faces four preliminary Level 1 felony charges of child molesting with a child under the age of 14, three Level 4 felony charges of child molesting with a child under the age of 14 and a Level 6 felony charge of dissemination of matter harmful to minors.

The arrest of Myers was the result of an investigation that started June 13 when the mother of a child under the age of 14 contacted police, according to a news release from Sgt. Carey Huls with the Indiana State Police Sellersburg Post.

Huls said Trooper Christopher Rainey initially investigated the allegations. Detective Matt Busick later joined the investigation with the assistance of the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Police were able to determine during the investigation the child had been molested multiple times between January and July of this year, Huls said.

Busick also was able to determine the suspect, identified as Myers, had left his place of work and fled the area after learning the mother of the child had contacted police, Huls said. Myers did not return to work or his home in Austin.

As part of the investigation, Busick obtained an arrest warrant and started searching for Myers. On Monday, he was found and arrested at the residence in Jackson County and booked into the Scott County Detention Center in Scottsburg.

A Level 1 felony carries a sentence of 20 to 40 years with an advisory sentence of 30 years if convicted.

Officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department also assisted with the investigation.