Jasonville man charged Monday with rape, to be charged Thursday with child molestation in separate case
Another criminal case involving a sex offense has been filed against a 19-year-old Jasonville man who was just charged with rape during a hearing on Monday in a separate case.
Justin A. Farnsworth is scheduled to be back in Greene Circuit Court again early Thursday morning for an initial hearing in the latest case accusing him of child molesting, a class C felony.
The Greene County Prosecutor's Office filed the new case Wednesday and Judge Erik Allen ordered a warrant be issued for Farnsworth's arrest.
Since Farnsworth has been incarcerated in the Greene County Jail since his arrest last Friday, the new warrant will be served to him in the jail.
Both cases were investigated by Jasonville Police Officer James Gadberry with assistance from JPD Officer Andrew Duguay who arrested Farnsworth and booked him into jail Friday.
Officer Duguay also took a report in late September about an alleged incident of child molestation involving a 12-year-old female.
Duguay conducted a video interview with the victim. Gadberry conducted an interview with Farnsworth at the Sheriff's Department.
The victim said she was walking to a store when she was confronted by Farnsworth in the area of S. Railroad and E. Sycamore streets in Jasonville. She told the officer that Farnsworth told her "if she went to the reservoir with him he wouldn't hurt her but if she didn't, she wouldn't see her dad again."
The victim said on the way to the reservoir, she was looking for cars or a house she could get to without getting caught by Farnsworth.
At the reservoir, Farnsworth allegedly molested the female -- touching and fondling her in an inappropriate manner.
Gadberry reported Farnsworth changed his story when he was interviewed but when confronted with inconsistencies, Farnsworth allegedly admitted to things he said and to molesting the female.
In a probable cause affidavit, Gadberry wrote that the information it contained was not a full and complete report of the incident and allegations but rather a summary to establish probable cause.
In the first case, Farnsworth was charged with rape, a class B felony in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred early in August.
In that case, Farnsworth is accused of forcing himself on a 16-year-old female. According to an affidavit, Farnsworth allegedly admitted to the incident.
When Farnsworth was in court in the rape case, a public defender was appointed to represent him and on Tuesday, a motion was filed by the defense requesting a psychiatric examination to determine if Farnsworth is competent to stand trial, and a notice of a defense based on Farnsworth having a mental disease or defect. The court has not yet ruled on the motion for a psychological examination.
In the rape case, bond was set at $15,000 cash or surety with ten percent allowed - he has not yet posted bond.
In the latest case alleging a child molestation, the judge specified that Farnsworth is to be held without bond pending his appearance in court.