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Jury convicts man of molestation

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

At the conclusion of a two-day jury trial this week, ending on Thursday, the jury found a Huntington man guilty of a Level 1 felony charge of child molestation, which carries an potential sentence between 20 to 40 years. 

David Allen Stanley, 55, was booked at the Huntington County Jail Thursday, and is awaiting his sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for Nov. 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the Huntington County Superior Court. According to Herald-Press reports, former Chief Deputy prosecutor and current Circuit Court Judge Jamie Groves said the sentence could vary if Stanley qualifies as a credit-restrictive felon, making the sentencing range between 20 to 50 years. 

A credit-restictive felon is when the person is at least 21 years of age and molests a child who is less than 12 years old, according to Indiana Code. Police reports show that the victim was less than 12 at the time of the incident. 

In October 2016, officers from the Huntington Police Department began investigating a case in which Stanley was accused of sexually violating a minor, according to police reports. The victim told police and doctors that their genitals hurt after the incident. Stanley denied the allegations and reportedly told police that the touching could have happened accidentally as he attempted to move a chair for the victim. 

He refused to take a polygraph test, saying the results are not admissable in court and unreliable, but agreed to allow police to take a DNA sample, which “failed to demonstrate a sufficient quantity” of DNA according to police reports. 

Stanley served 10 months after he was accused of child molesting around 2003, according to police reports. He also told police that he had been accused of fondling a neighbor but nothing came of it.