Details emerge in pair of cases

Two Bartholomew County men — one who is already in prison — have been charged with felony child molestation.

Timothy E. Crossland, 60, 710 N. National Road, was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail and charged Friday in Bartholomew Circuit Court with two counts of child molestation, both Class C felonies. If convicted, Crossland could be sentenced to four to 16 years in prison, as well as ordered to pay $20,000 in fines.

In a separate case, Christopher A. Corbin, 21, who recently lived in the 1300 block of Mill Street, Taylorsville, was charged Friday in Bartholomew Superior Court 1 with one count of child molesting as a Level 3 felony.

Corbin is being held at the New Castle Correctional facility for a conviction on a similar charge. Although he is eligible for release in April, a conviction on the new felony could keep him in prison for an additional three to 16 years.

The case involving Crossland began Nov. 5 when investigators initially talked with a girl who is now 14 years old, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed by Detective Jason Lancaster of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

The girl told investigators Crossland began touching her inappropriately when she was about 6 years old, as well as showed her pornography on his computer, the affidavit stated.

There were about four separate occasions where the girl claims she was touched inappropriately by Crossland, with most incidents taking place after she was 8 years old, the probable-cause affidavit states.

When the detective questioned Crossland the day after the child was first interviewed, he denied the allegations, the affidavit states.

Later, Crossland said he had touched the girl inappropriately as many as three times, but maintained she was no younger than 11 when those incidents took place, the affidavit stated.

Less than two hours after being booked into jail early Friday afternoon, Crossland was released after posting a $3,000 cash bond, jail records show.

A no-contact order between the girl and the defendant was issued by Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Stephen Heimann prior to Crossland’s release.

Corbin is accused of recently impregnating the same girl he was convicted of molesting almost a year ago, court records state. The physical relationship between the two began in April 2014, when the girl was 13, according to a probable cause affidavit.

After Corbin was arrested on two counts of child molesting in June 2014, a no-contact order was issued and has never been lifted, court records state.

As part of a plea bargain, Corbin pleaded guilty to one count of child molesting in November 2014. He received a five-year prison sentence last February, with two years suspended and home detention with electronic monitoring ordered for the remainder of the term, court records state.

However, the probation was revoked last September when it was discovered Corbin conceived a child with the girl three months before her 15th birthday while he was on house arrest, the affidavit stated.

A paternity test has confirmed Corbin is the father of the girl’s unborn child, the court affidavit states.

The arrest warrant for Corbin was served to him Friday while in custody of the Indiana Department of Corrections at New Castle, court records state.

After he is released from prison later this year, Corbin is expected to be brought back to the Bartholomew County Jail to face the newest felony child molesting charge, jail officials said.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.