Friday, July 18, 2008

John Edward Chrisman Jr - Repeat Sex Offender - AGAIN


A twice-convicted child molester was arrested again Friday, accused of living too close to a westside youth facility.

John Edward Chrisman Jr. — who was most recently released from prison in September 2006 — is also under investigation for allegedly making sexual advances to children at White’s Mobile Park.

Chrisman, 49, and roommate James M. Burnette, 66 — also released from prison in 2006 after serving time for a molesting conviction — are each accused of violating a state law that prohibits sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school or youth facility.

The mobile home park, at 3900 W. Kilgore Ave., is just west of the Youth Opportunity Center.

Muncie police Lt. Al Williams said police were investigating reports of a man preying on children in the area when they found the two convicted molesters living together in an apartment attached to the trailer park’s office.

Chrisman was not immediately charged with any charges stemming from those allegations. Investigators on Friday afternoon were continuing to talk to witnesses and others.

“There are varying accounts of what happened,” Williams said.


Then-Delaware Circuit Court Judge Steven Caldemeyer handed Chrisman a maximum eight-year prison term in January 1999 after Chrisman was convicted of sexually abusing a five-year-old girl in his south Muncie apartment.

That victim, whose family did not have a television, said Chrisman warned her that if she told anyone about their activities, she would no longer be allowed to watch TV in his apartment.

At the time of his 1998 arrest in Delaware County, Chrisman was on probation for a child-molesting conviction in Randolph County.

In January 1992, Chrisman, then of Union City, was accused of sexually abusing a five-year-old Randolph County girl. That charge was dismissed, despite a graphic confession from Chrisman, after the victim’s mother said she did not want her child subjected to testifying in court.

A few months after the case was dropped, the victim’s mother married Chrisman.

In 1993, Chrisman was charged with molesting the same girl. The 1992 charge was re-filed, and Chrisman pleaded guilty to both Class C felonies.

In April 1994, then-Randolph Circuit Court Judge Jan Chalfant gave Chrisman two eight-year prison terms, but the judge suspended one of the sentences.

Chrisman was released from prison in June 1997 after serving four years.

Burnette, formerly of Anderson, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1999 after he was convicted of child molesting in Marshall County in northern Indiana.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte


1 comment:

Michell said...

I was living next door to this predator he was grooming my family so that he could gain access to my family. Thank god he is now in jail and not around other little girls and boys.