Child Molester Sentenced To 6 Years


A 77-year-old man was sentenced to six years in prison in Superior Court 1 on Thursday morning after pleading guilty to child molesting.

Joseph P. Sellers of Michigan City pleaded guilty to one count of Class C felony child molesting. His victim was between 9 and 13 years of age at the time of the incidents, according to court documents.

Before sentencing, Sellers had been on predispositional probation during which time he complied with all the rules of probation.

Judge Kathleen Lang noted in her sentencing that although Sellers has no criminal history and he has publicly expressed remorse, his behavior was egregious.

She also said a psycho-sexual evaluation concluded that Sellers “is at a low risk to re-offend,” because of the influence and position of trust with the victim and her family.

As a result of the plea, Sellers will have the last two years of the six-year sentence he received suspended and served on probation.

Lang also ruled that he may also file a petition for a sentence modification after serving two years, providing that he proves his conduct during this time has been “without blemish and without disciplinary action of any kind.”

Sellers was given credit for 42 days served and ordered to pay court c

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