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Perkins sentenced for child molesting

by James Ehle - jehle@h-ponline.com

An Auburn man was sentenced to 36 years in prison for child molestation crimes in Auburn, Avilla, and Huntington in northeast Indiana on Monday morning.

Corey Douglas Perkins, 30, last known address 912 Westedge Park Drive in Auburn, was sentenced to 34 years in prison and 6 years probation after he pleaded guilty to a Level 1 Felony charge of child molesting where the defendant is at least 21 years of age.

Perkins was arraigned on July 22, 2019 after an arrest warrant was issued on July 11 after probable cause was determined, according to court records.

On Feb. 22, 2019, the Noble County Family and Children’s Services called the Huntington Police Department in reference to multiple incidents that occurred in Huntington. The exact age of the victim will not be released in order to protect the child’s identity, but police say the incidents began when the child was 9 years old.

The victim told police that Perkins allegedly threatened to beat her if she told anyone about the incidents.

Perkins denied any sexual contact with the victim when he first spoke to police, but police say he agreed to take a polygraph test and failed the test. In the interviews, Perkins accused the child of initiating the sexual contact but later admitted to molesting the victim, according to police reports.

Detectives confirmed that Perkins lived in Huntington from the beginning of 2018 until around September of 2018, according to police reports. Police say they also confirmed that the person Perkins was staying with worked in Huntington from June 2017 to August 2017.

Perkins was originally charged with two additional Level 1 counts of child molesting where the defendant is at least 21 years of age in addition to a Level 4 count of child molesting, fondling or touching a child under 14.

Perkins withdrew his former plea of not guilty and signed a plea deal where charges two through four were dropped on Sept. 16, 2019.

At the time of the sentencing on Monday, Oct. 7, Perkins had accumulated 82 days of jail credit.