Internet Child Solicitation Laws in Indiana

by Kathy
(Greenwood, Indiana, USA)

I have a daughter who is about to turn seven. This fall her father, 36 years old, will be off probation for six counts of child solicitation via a computer network. He has been through the court-ordered counseling and therapy.

This man has had a serious sexual addiction problem which started with meeting women in motel rooms for sex. He kept getting caught, so he switched to 13-year-old girls on the Internet.

I divorced this man when I was pregnant with our daughter, after finding out about one of his motel affairs. He was later convicted of the Internet crimes.

This fall, he has been convinced by his counselor and attorney that he will be awarded unsupervised, overnight visitations with our daughter.

I don't trust him at all around her. He is prohibited by law from being anywhere around other children, but not his own daughter. He has supervised visitation with his mother at this point.

I am so disappointed by the fact that Indiana has laws to protect innocent children, but not the children of the criminals themselves. I have been told over and over again that this is an issue between him and me and that we have to mediate the situation. In the last six years, no one in the court system has allowed me to voice my opinion about my daughter's well-being.

He is getting remarried this fall to a 21 year old with a daughter of her own. The father of the little girl doesn't know this yet!

I have spent thousands of dollars with attorneys trying to protect my daughter from harm, and am so disappointed that the State of Indiana and local politicians have no interest in confronting this issue.

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Feb 08, 2008
You have EVERY right to be concerned...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

There is a serious inequity, a loophole, in the law when this convicted child molester is permitted overnight, unsupervised visitation with his daughter, even though there is a court order prohibiting him to be around children. This absurd "loophole" is tantamount to serving up your child for sexual abuse. These aren't laws that protect children; they are laws that endanger them. It's outrageous!

Kathy, if you are interested in taking up this outrageous issue as a cause, I introduce you to the concept of "Safe House" in "OpenSpace" on my site. I invite you to open a "room" in "Safe House." This would be an opportunity for you to regularly inform my visitors and campaign for change in the State of Indiana. No pressure, though Kathy. I do not want you to feel obligated. If this is something that interests you, check out the following pages on my site for additional details:

OpenSpace Info

Safe House FAQs

See a sample room

Get a room in Safe House

I look forward to hearing from you, Kathy.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

Oct 01, 2008
Child solicitation laws in Indiana
by: Anonymous

Indiana's so-called child solicitation laws and related statutes are unconsitutional. Many individuals already convicted via these statutes are innocent. Many of the methods of "catching" these alleged individuals are questionable and perhaps even unconstitutional. I am all for taking the real offenders off the street, but law enforcement cannot fabricate "evidence."

Aug 29, 2009
by: Anonymous

After searching for a long lost friend I finally ended my search when I did a criminal check. I wasn't intentionally looking for him at criminal websites! I am deeply saddened that he's been convicted of Child Solicitation (IC 35-42-4-6)

When I first read of his offense I imagined him hanging out at a school playground trying to lure children for his pleasure. :-(

Could it be that he was simply playing online and lured into a trap? Did he intend to meet up with a child for solicitation purposes?

I will never know these things. And nor do I want to. This is indeed a very sad situation.

Jul 29, 2010
Save the children!
by: Anonymous

I do not understand the system in indiana,protect our innocent children and stop passifying these evil people.i know some one is being in court right now even as we speak,on child solicitation.and i do believe he will be free, to do this evil act once again,too muchh politics in indiana,God save the children.

Sep 30, 2010
by: Anonymous

There should be a share this link tab so I could share this on facebook. I live in indiana and am insulted by this law.

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