A Greentown man faces 13 level-one felony charges of child molestation and four other felony-level charges relating to the sexual abuse of a minor following an investigation by the Howard County Sheriff’s Office.
William Brett Lucas, 56, was arrested Monday and charged for allegedly sexually abusing a girl over the course of two years. According to court documents, the victim told investigating officers Lucas sexually abused her approximately twice a week from the end of sixth grade to the end of her eighth-grade year of schooling.
Court documents indicated the investigation was launched after the girl, now 16 years old, reported to an adult that she was being abused by Lucas.
The account she gave during interviews with an investigating officer indicated the abuse had gone on for a period of about two years, and she also told officers Lucas had, at times, photographed the sexual abuse. This abuse included penetrative intercourse, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Officers met with the victim multiple times, and after learning that the encounters may have been photographed utilizing a cell phone, the HCSD detective requested a warrant for Lucas’s cell phones and laptops.
According to the probable cause affidavit, multiple photos of the victim that were “pornographic” in nature were recovered from one of Lucas’s cellphones. These photographs were recovered by an Indiana State Police forensic extraction, and the photos had been manually erased before being recovered. The victim identified herself in the photos on May 22, and several photo timestamps indicated the victim was 11 years old at the time the photos were taken.
In addition to the 13 counts of child molestation, Lucas also faces three charges of sexual misconduct with a minor, a level four felony, and one charge of child exploitation, a level five felony.
Lucas remains incarcerated in the Howard County jail without bond.