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Man charged in incidents with children

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A Taylorsville man has been charged with child molesting and criminal confinement in connection with the attempted abduction of a grade school-age girl and the touching of another in a sexual manner.

Jeffrey L. Brock, 43, 372 W. County Road 650N, was charged Thursday in Bartholomew Circuit Court with both of those Class C felonies, along with a charge of battery resulting in bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor.

If Brock is convicted of all charges, he faces a prison sentence of four to 17 years. The charges are related to incidents Sunday at the eastside Walmart in Columbus.

The battery charge was filed after a shopper, James Noel, suffered an injury while helping detain Brock until officers arrived, according to a probable-cause affidavit submitted by Ryan Linneweber, Columbus Police Department detective and lead investigator.

In addition to the new charges, Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash said he has requested a jury trial concerning a battery charge filed a year ago against Brock in Bartholomew Superior Court II.

In that case, Brock is accused of slapping the buttocks of a woman he had never met while walking down a hallway at Columbus Regional Hospital on March 25, 2013.

A conviction in the 2013 case could add another six months to three years to the possible sentence.

When both cases are combined, the Taylorsville man also could be ordered to pay fines of up to $35,000.

In the earlier case, the court had offered an agreement that if Brock stayed out of legal trouble until this October, last year’s charge would be dropped.

But now, even without convictions, that agreement has been nullified, Nash said.

After Brock was arrested shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday, Linneweber spoke to the mother of the 8-year-old girl.

According to the affidavit, the mother said she immediately confronted Brock after seeing him with his hand under her daughter’s clothing.

The defendant was held by the mother, as well as her fiancee and Noel, at the store entrance until officers arrived, according to Linneweber. Noel was injured immediately after Brock saw the first marked police car pull up, the affidavit stated.

Noel said he became involved after hearing the mother calling for help because her daughter had just been molested, the affidavit stated.

Linneweber also spoke with another woman who had been in the Walmart shoe department with her 7-year-old daughter.

She said she began looking for her child after noticing the girl was no longer by her side then saw the girl running out of an aisle in tears, Linneweber wrote.

The girl said a man had grabbed her by the arm, began to repeatedly tell her to “come on” and pulled her down an aisle, the affidavit stated. The 7-year-old told the detective that she kept pulling away and was finally able to get loose, Linneweber wrote.

It was only when the family was leaving the store and the girl saw Brock being held near the entrance that the 7-year-old identified Brock as the man who tried to abduct her, the affidavit stated.

Two separate holds were placed on Brock by Nash that prevented him from bonding out until Friday.

As of late Friday morning, Brock was still being held in the county jail in lieu of $250,000 surety or $25,000 cash bond, according to the jail records.

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