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Heathe L. Barnes, age 23, was arrested Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, by authorities with the Indiana State Police and the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.

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Prior to the arrest of Barnes, authorities with the Indiana State Police and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office had conducted an investigation which resulted in an arrest warrant being issued for Barnes for two level 1 felony counts of child molesting and one level 4 felony count of child molesting.

On Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, Detectives from the Indiana State Police and the Scott County Sheriff’s Office followed up on an anonymous tip received through the Scott County Sheriff’s Office Website regarding the possible location of Barnes. The tip led authorities to 2638 N. Jeffery Street in Scottsburg, Indiana.

Upon investigating, authorities learned that it was likely Barnes was hiding inside of the residence. After learning this, additional officers from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Indiana State Police were called to the scene to assist.

Barnes was located hiding in the attic of the residence and was talked down by authorities without further incident. Barnes was taken into custody and transported to the Scott County Jail.

Sheriff Dan McClain would like to remind and encourage the citizens of Scott County to report any suspicious activity, including drug activity and the suspected locations of individuals with arrest warrants, to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff McClain reminds the citizens that the Sheriff’s Office maintains several options for reporting criminal activity anonymously including the department’s website, facebook page, and a tip line. The links to these options are listed below.