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Judges uphold 54-year sentence of man who asked women to take pics of kids

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The Indiana Court of Appeals rejected a man’s argument Friday that he couldn’t be convicted of Class A felony child molesting under the accessory statute because the perpetrator was under 21 at the time of the molestations.

Ryan Schroeder, 24, began a relationship with Tara Tryon, 19, who agreed to take nude pictures of the children she babysat and send them to Schroeder. She also molested the children at his request and photographed it. Around this time, Schroeder began a relationship with Adrienne Harris, who had a 2-year-old daughter. He asked Harris to send nude photographs of her daughter and touch her inappropriately. Schroder also had a relationship with 16-year-old A.F. and asked her to secretly photograph other women, including her mother.

The State charged Schroeder with five counts of Class A felony child molesting, one count of Class C felony child molesting, seven counts of Class C felony child exploitation, one count of Class D felony theft, seven counts of Class D felony possession of child pornography, and two counts of Class D felony voyeurism.

The child molesting, child exploitation, theft and one of the voyeurism charges were based on his accomplice liability with Tryon as the principal. The other voyeurism charge was based on his accomplice liability with A.F. as the principal. Ultimately, A.F. was not charged for her conduct, and she testified against Schroeder. Harris pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of production of child pornography, and she is serving 25 years in federal prison. She also testified against Schroeder.

He argued that, under the accessory statute, he could only be convicted of a Class B felony because Tryon was under 21 years old. He also argued that Counts 1 through 5 should be dismissed because they violated the Privileges and Immunities Clause of the Indiana Constitution and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

He was convicted as charged and sentenced to a total of 54 years, which the judges found to not be inappropriate.

“Schroeder vicariously committed the actual offense of child molesting and, regardless of Tryon’s Class B felony charge, his offense was properly classified as a Class A felony due to his age. We conclude that, to prove Schroeder’s accomplice liability for child molesting, the State was required to show that he was at least twenty-one years old and that he knowingly or intentionally aided, induced, or caused Tryon to perform deviate sexual conduct with A.B., who was less than fourteen years old. The State presented sufficient evidence to meet its burden,” Judge Michael Barnes wrote in Ryan R. Schroeder v. State of Indiana, 64A03-1302-CR-39.
 

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  1. "So we broke with England for the right to "off" our preborn progeny at will, and allow the processing plant doing the dirty deeds (dirt cheap) to profit on the marketing of those "products of conception." I was completely maleducated on our nation's founding, it would seem. (But I know the ACLU is hard at work to remedy that, too.)" Well, you know, we're just following in the footsteps of our founders who raped women, raped slaves, raped children, maimed immigrants, sold children, stole property, broke promises, broke apart families, killed natives... You know, good God fearing down home Christian folk! :/

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  3. Whilst it may be true that Judges and Justices enjoy such freedom of time and effort, it certainly does not hold true for the average working person. To say that one must 1) take a day or a half day off work every 3 months, 2) gather a list of information including recent photographs, and 3) set up a time that is convenient for the local sheriff or other such office to complete the registry is more than a bit near-sighted. This may be procedural, and hence, in the near-sighted minds of the court, not 'punishment,' but it is in fact 'punishment.' The local sheriffs probably feel a little punished too by the overwork. Registries serve to punish the offender whilst simultaneously providing the public at large with a false sense of security. The false sense of security is dangerous to the public who may not exercise due diligence by thinking there are no offenders in their locale. In fact, the registry only informs them of those who have been convicted.

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  5. A common refrain in the comments on this website comes from people who cannot locate attorneys willing put justice over retainers. At the same time the judiciary threatens to make pro bono work mandatory, seemingly noting the same concern. But what happens to attorneys who have the chumptzah to threatened the legal status quo in Indiana? Ask Gary Welch, ask Paul Ogden, ask me. Speak truth to power, suffer horrendously accordingly. No wonder Hoosier attorneys who want to keep in good graces merely chase the dollars ... the powers that be have no concerns as to those who are ever for sale to the highest bidder ... for those even willing to compromise for $$$ never allow either justice or constitutionality to cause them to stand up to injustice or unconstitutionality. And the bad apples in the Hoosier barrel, like this one, just keep rotting.

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