Proceedings delayed for accused child molester

Court dates for a Bartholomew County man accused of molesting two girls, ages 11 and 15, have been postponed until late summer and early fall.

Dylan James Carley, 22, of 14080 N. County Road 300E, Columbus, faces two counts of child molesting, both Level 1 felonies, and sexual misconduct with a minor as a Level 4 felony.

Since his Dec. 30 arrest, Carley has been represented by public defender Aaron Edwards. But during a scheduled change-of-plea hearing, Carley told Bartholomew Superior Court 1 Judge Jim Worton he needed more time to secure a private attorney, which the judge allowed.

Carley, who is also charged with sexual misconduct with a minor as a Level 4 felony, could be sentenced to 42 to 92 years in prison and faces fines of up to $30,000 if convicted on all counts.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, the first child molestation incident involving the 11-year-old occurred the day after Christmas. While being questioned by investigators on that case, Carley admitted he had previously engaged in a sexual act with the 15-year-old last summer.

Upon receiving formal charges, Worton first issued a no-contact order to protect the two victims. He then increased the defendant’s bond to $500,000 surety or $50,000 cash.

Carley remains in the Bartholomew County Jail.

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