pleads guilty to Child Molesting charge
Justin McGuire, 25, of Madison,
pled guilty to Child Molesting, a Class B felony on Friday, May
29. McGuires plea of guilty came just four days before he
was scheduled to go to trial for this crime in the Ripley Circuit
Court, according to Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel.
In a press release from the prosecutors office it noted
that McGuire committed the crime against a then nine-year-old
relative. This occurred at a residence on Old Michigan Road in
Ripley County in January of 2004. The victim did not tell anyone
until the summer of 2007 when she told her mother at their Florida
Detective Tom Baxter of the Indiana State Police, was assigned
to investigate the case and worked in conjunction with the authorities
in Port Orange, FL, before criminal charges were eventually filed
in Ripley County in 2007.
Questions of McGuires competency were raised by defense
counsel and attempts to suppress his statements to the Indiana
State Police were litigated over the past one and a half years.
After appointing and hearing from a psychologist and psychiatrist,
the court decided that McGuire was competent to stand trial for
his actions. In addition to finding McGuire competent, none of
McGuires statements to the State Police were suppressed.
Prosecuting Attorney Ric Hertel noted that he was pleased with
the recent developments in the case, saying it was an out of the
ordinary change since the trial was so close and the jury had
already been called. It is a relief that the victim does
not have to come to Ripley County and be subjected to the rigors
of a trial and intense cross examination of the intimate details
of the crime, he noted.
The prosecutor noted that when a defendant pleads guilty to what
they were originally charged with, it is a tremendous burden lifted
from the victims shoulders to not have to testify in open
court. He further commented that in this case the victim did have
to endure a long process waiting to see what would transpire,
but the end result brought relief to her. Just shortly after the
guilty plea was entered, the prosecutor shared the news with the
Osgood Journal, saying, It is a tremendous victory for
the victim in this case.
McGurie will be sentenced on July 16 in Ripley County Circuit
Court where he will face a range of imprisonment from 6-20 years.