Fountain County Man Arrested on Child Molestation Charges

Montgomery County—Friday afternoon around 2:00, Indiana State Police Detectives arrested a Fountain County man on three Level 1 felony counts of Child Molestation.

Paul M. Crowder, age 70, of Covington, IN. was taken into custody without incident at his residence and incarcerated in the Montgomery County Jail.

Preliminary investigation alleges on multiple occasions during the year 2016, Paul M. Crowder engaged in sexual activity with two female acquaintances under the age of 16-years-old. The acts occurred at separate locations in Montgomery County.

Indiana State Police initiated the investigation after allegations surfaced in March of this year and were provided to the Indiana Department of Child Services.

The case was investigated by ISP Detective Troy Cobb. Assisting were ISP Detective Sergeant Sam Stearley, ISP Crime Scene Investigator Sergeant Jim Cody, Master Trooper Gary Winters, Indiana Department of Child Services, Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center and the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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