State of Indiana vs. I.T. - 1/30/13

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Wednesday  January 30, 2013 
1:30 PM  EST

1:30 p.m. 20A03-1202-JV-76. In April 2006, I.T. was adjudicated a delinquent child for committing an act that would constitute class B felony child molesting if committed by an adult. As part of its dispositional order, the juvenile court ordered I.T. to participate in an outpatient juvenile sex-offender treatment program and to undergo polygraph examinations to ensure his compliance with the rules of probation and the treatment program. During one of these polygraph examinations, I.T. admitted to sexually abusing two additional children. Based on these disclosures, police conducted an investigation and obtained a statement from one of the alleged victims implicating I.T. Police also conducted an interview of I.T., during which I.T. again confessed. Based on this information, the State filed an additional delinquency petition against I.T. alleging that he had committed acts that would be class B and class C felony child molesting if committed by an adult.
I.T. successfully moved to dismiss the petition on the basis that his statements during the polygraph examination and all evidence derived there from were inadmissible. The State now appeals.

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