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Tell City man turns self in, jailed for child molesting

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By Vince Luecke

King, 30, suspended from job at Branchville Correctional Facility

TELL CITY - A Tell City man charged Thursday with child molesting remained lodged in the Perry County Jail Friday and if convicted, could spend much of the rest of his life in prison.

Jason King, 30, of 1148 Ninth St., turned himself in at the Perry County Family and Social Services Administration Office Thursday. He was then arrested by Tell City Police, Detective Alan Malone said, and charged with three Class A felony counts of child molesting. Each charge carries a possible prison term of 20 to 50 years.

King is accused of fondling a girl under the age of 14 three times over the past year. Tell City police opened an investigation Jan. 13 after a family member notified police that King may have had inappropriate contact with the girl.

Police tried to interview the man, who is an employee of Branchville Correctional Facility, but King had allegedly left the city and had not, at the time, reported to work. He was reported missing by one of his family members last week and was entered into a database of missing people. Authorities said King had been reported in Oklahoma but were told Wednesday he planned to turn himself in.

According to a written statement issued by the Indiana Department of Correction, King has been suspended without pay from his job pending the outcome of an administrative investigation into the allegations against him and the unauthorized absence from his job. King has been an employee of the Department of Correction for seven years and has been working as a correctional coordinator at the facility.