COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Whitley County jail inmate tipped off police to a man arrested on methamphetamine and multiple sex crime charges.
Dean R. Pressler, 39, of Larwill, was arrested on charges including child molestation, possession of child pornography, child seduction and manufacturing meth â€” and pleaded not guilty in court Monday.
According to a case report by the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Pressler allegedly fathered two children with a minor, who was 14 years old when she had the first child.
Pressler allegedly began molesting the victim when she was 12 years old, and would lock her in his home by screwing the windows shut and tying the door knob to a tree.
According to a case report, prior to living with Pressler, the victim said her mother would have her perform oral sex on adult men in exchange for drugs in Allen County.
The victim and her mother then moved in with Pressler on Ellsworth Street, in Columbia City ,when she was approximately 11 years old. According to the case report, the relationship between the victimâ€™s mother and Pressler didnâ€™t last long. Her mother moved out, but left her daughter, the victim, to live with Pressler, who continued molesting her.
In June 2010, when she was 14 years old, the victim gave birth to a child at Parkview Whitley Hospital. She told police that she was 100 percent sure that the child was fathered by Dean Pressler.
In April 2012, the victim gave birth to another child. According to the case report, â€śDuring the time frame of the conception and birth of each of these children, she was only sexually active with Dean Pressler.â€ť
Pressler was charged with child molesting, a Class A felony; sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony; child seduction, a Class D felony and possession of child pornography, a Class D felony, along with three felony drug charges.
Pressler will appear in Whitley County Circuit Court again Feb. 11 for pre-trial proceedings.
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