James L. Alsman – Repeat Sex Offender – Enabled by Wife

A preliminary charge of child molesting, a class C felony, was filed Tuesday in Greene Superior Court against convicted sex offender James L. Alsman of Linton and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

This is the second time Alsman has been accused of this same offense.

According to the probable cause affidavit written by Det. Duane Collenbaugh of the Linton Police Department, Alsman’s criminal history includes a conviction for child molesting, also as a class C felony, in Greene Superior Court on Oct. 17, 2003.

The investigation into the current allegation began last August when a man reported possible child molestation involving his children to LPD Officer Paul Clark. Clark turned the case over to the detective and caseworkers from Child Protective Services (CPS) also became involved.

The complaint was that Alsman had touched a small male child in an inappropriate manner.

Late in August, both Alsman and his girlfriend were both interviewed at the Linton Police Department by Det. Collenbaugh and a CPS caseworker.

The affidavit states that Alsman denied the accusation and said the person who reported it was just trying to get him in trouble because he was a convicted child molester.

His girlfriend, who has a baby together with Alsman, said Alsman had done his time, is an excellent father and the event could not have happened because Alsman had never been alone with the children in question and also not even with their own child.

At the time of the interview, Alsman agreed to take a polygraph test.

The investigation then became sidelined for awhile — the status of the CPS caseworker in charge of the case changed and the polygraph examination was delayed for several months due to some scheduling conflicts.

Then on April 1, Det. Collenbaugh drove Alsman to take a stipulated polygraph at the Indiana State Police Post in Jasper.

The affidavit states the most relevant questions asked on the polygraph concerned whether Alsman had ever touched the child’s penis for sexual gratification — he failed the test.

The child was also interviewed by the detective and a CPS worker. The affidavit says the child could identify his body parts and the members of his family and could confirm that Alsman had touched him and knew where it had happened — at a residence in Linton where Alsman was living at the time.

According to an earlier story in the archives of the Greene County Daily World, Alsman was 25-years-old and a resident of Marco when he was arrested in 2003 for child molesting. In that case, he was accused of touching a 5-year-old boy at a residence in Bloomfield.

Alsman is listed on the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender’s Registry — following his conviction, he was sentenced to the Department of Corrections, served his time then was released on Nov. 18, 2005. He is now 31 years old and is required to register through Nov. 18, 2015. The register lists a P.O. box in Sandborn as his address and a company in Bloomfield as his employer. It lists his alias as “Jimmy.”

Alsman was also arrested on March 17 of this year by LPD Officer Jayson Smith after an altercation at a residence in Linton. As a result, charges of intimidation, battery and battery resulting in bodily injury were filed against him in Greene Superior Court.

According to a police report on the incident, a male family member said Alsman was holding down his grandchild and he told Alsman to stop. An argument then started as Alsman became angry and started yelling and cussing. Alsman was accused of pushing the man in the chest knocking him over a table and onto the floor where he hit his head. Then as the argument continued, Alsman allegedly grabbed the man’s wife by the arms and threw her to the ground.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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