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Sentence affirmed for child molestation conviction

August 14, 2012

An Adams Circuit judge’s sentence of 90 years in prison for a man convicted of molesting two girls ages 7 and 9 and for being a habitual offender was not inappropriate, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Andrew Stetler lost his appeal that challenged the sufficiency of the evidence against him and whether the sentence was inappropriate based on the nature of the crimes and Stetler’s character.

The court ruled that evidence presented by a nurse who examined the girls provided necessary support for Stetler’s convictions.

“Stetler took advantage of an opportunity with two young girls to commit two separate and distinct offenses, he has a prior conviction for the same crime, multiple previous attempts at rehabilitation have failed, and he was released on parole for his prior molestation conviction only two months before committing these crimes,” Chief Judge Margret Robb wrote in a unanimous opinion.

“These facts convince us that the nature of Stetler’s offenses and his character do not warrant reduction of the sentence imposed.”



 

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