Thursday, October 22, 2009

James Leslie Alsman - Repeat Sex Offender - Scumbag Judge says victim too young to testify against his confessed abuser

The trial of a convicted child molester, James Leslie Alsman, also known as Jimmy Alsman, was scheduled to start on Thursday but it didn't.

The case was dismissed.

Alsman had been charged, again, with child molesting.

The Greene County Prosecutor's Office filed the motion to dismiss after the court ruled the victim in the current case, a male child who was only 4-years-old, did not understand the nature and obligation of an oath and should not testify.
The prosecution had a confession. Alsman had been given a polygraph test and failed. But without the victim's testimony, the prosecution said they did not have enough evidence to convict.
Following the dismissal, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Cheryl Jackson-Stone expressed disappointment.

"We were very frustrated about this. But we can't change the evidence that we have and we can't change the laws of the state," said Stone.
Under Indiana law, Stone explained, a confession is not enough for a conviction. There must be other evidence.
"This case was dismissed because the state has to present evidence, independent of a confession, that establishes that a crime has occurred," said Stone. "We did not have that in this case."

Alsman is a sex offender whose criminal history includes a class C felony conviction on Oct. 17, 2003, in Greene County for child molesting.

Following the 2003 conviction, Alsman was sentenced to the Department of Corrections, served his time then was released on Nov. 18, 2005.

Alsman is listed on the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender's Registry. He's required to register through Nov. 18, 2015.

The Registry lists a P.O. box and a street address of 107 E. Main St. in Sandborn as his residence and says that he is 31-years-old.

Late last spring, Alsman was again accused of molesting a child in Linton.

A warrant for Alsman's arrest was issued and he was taken into custody on May 27 by Indiana State Police Trooper Byron Goodman.

A class C felony charge of child molesting was filed following an investigation by the Linton Police Department led by Det. Duane Collenbaugh.

Alsman was released from jail on $10,000 bond while the case made its way through the court system.

The nature of the complaint was that Alsman allegedly had touched the small male child in an inappropriate manner.
According to a probable cause affidavit, when Alsman was given a polygraph test, the most relevant questions asked concerned whether Alsman had ever touched the child's penis for sexual gratification -- he failed the test.
The affidavit also stated that when the child was interviewed by a detective and a CPS worker, he could identify his body parts and the members of his family and could confirm that Alsman had touched him and knew where it had happened -- at a residence in Linton where Alsman was living at the time.
According to an earlier story in the archives of the Greene County Daily World, Alsman was 25-years-old and a resident of Marco when he was arrested in 2003 for child molesting. In that case, he was accused of touching a 5-year-old boy at a residence in Bloomfield.
In yet another case, Alsman was also arrested on March 17 of this year by LPD Officer Jayson Smith after an altercation at a residence in Linton. As a result, charges of intimidation, battery and battery resulting in bodily injury were filed against him in Greene Superior Court.

According to a police report on the incident, a male family member said Alsman was holding down his grandchild and he told Alsman to stop. An argument then started as Alsman became angry and started yelling and cussing. Alsman was accused of pushing the man in the chest knocking him over a table and onto the floor where he hit his head. Then as the argument continued, Alsman allegedly grabbed the man's wife by the arms and threw her to the ground.

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

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