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Andrews man arrested on warrant for alleged molestation

By ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@h-ponline.com

An Andrews man is facing charges after allegedly touching two minors inappropriately.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Huntington County Sheriff’s Department Detective Malcom Jones, Gary Brown, 70, allegedly touched the victims in the late months of 2017.

Jones wrote he, Department of Children’s Services Family Case Manager Karena Hernandez and Hunting County Prosecutor’s Investigator Ron Hochstetler responded to a call on Dec. 5, 2017.

A family member of the victim reportedly stated Brown lives near a family member and sometimes babysits for the neighborhood children. The family member told investigators she was informed of Brown’s alleged misconduct Nov. 30 after the victim returned home from school.

Investigators then interviewed the alleged victim, who reportedly stated Brown had touched him/her on two occasions in November.

“Gary was babysitting several of the neighborhood (children) and (the victim) went to Gary’s house to play with them,” Jones wrote. “After the other (children) went home, Gary invited (the victim) inside.”

The victim alleged Brown began to touch him/her inappropriately while the two of them were watching TV. The victim reportedly told Brown he/she heard the family member calling and she got up and left.

Jones wrote the second alleged occasion took place in a similar fashion. The victim reportedly stated he/she had been playing with the neighborhood children in Brown’s home when the victim became out of breath due to asthma.

“(The victim) sat on the sofa beside Gary to catch (his/her) breath. He put his arm around (the victim and began to inappropriately touch the victim),” Jones wrote.

The victim proceeded to tell family members upon returning home.

Jones wrote he spoke with Brown on Dec. 6, who reportedly assured he understood his rights and agreed to speak with Jones.

“I explained to him that I wanted to talk to him about some inappropriate touches that he did to one of the (minors) that visits him. I deliberately did not give the name of the child,” Jones wrote.

Brown allegedly assumed Jones was talking about a separate victim, where he deliberately rubbed his hand inappropriately against the victim.

“He said that was the one and only time anything happened with (the second victim). He knew what he did was wrong and immediately felt regret after he did it,” Jones wrote.

When asked about the initial victim, Brown allegedly denied anything ever happened before later telling Jones he had touched the victim twice.

“Mr. Brown admitted to me that it was exciting for him but realized what he was doing was wrong and stopped. He assured me he would never do it again,” Jones wrote.

Brown was arrested on a warrant for two counts of child molestation, each as a Level 4 felony, on Feb. 15. He was held on a cash bond of $4,000 and a non-corporate surety bond of $20,000. A no contact order was issued Feb. 19.