Late last week, Trooper Robert Whyte was contacted by administrators at a Greene County School in regards to a parent that wanted to report a possible sexual relationship between their 14 year old daughter and a 29 year old man.
The Indiana Department of Child Services was contacted and a Susie’s Place interview was immediately scheduled.
During the forensic interview the juvenile disclosed that she had recently been upset and depressed and sought council from a family friend, Anthony Epeards, 29 of Bloomington about her feelings. She alleged she would visit with Epeards and the conversations eventually turned to Epeards asking her about sex.
She told investigators there were two instances from Christmas 2018 to January 14, 2019 where the two allegedly had sexual intercourse. She then alleged that Epeards told her not to tell anybody about their relationship.
Trooper Whyte immediately went to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office and requested multiple arrest warrants for Epeards. Troopers Crozier and Wagner went to an apartment complex in Bloomington where troopers were informed Mr. Epeards stayed.
Trooper Wagner located Mr. Epeards and arrested him without incident.
Trooper Whyte escorted Mr. Epeards to the Greene County Jail where he was he was incarcerated on two counts of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor (Level 4 Felony) and one count of Child Solicitation (Level 5 Felony).
Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.