46-Year-Old Pekin Man Arrested for Child Molestation

46-Year-Old Pekin Man Arrested for Child Molestation


Indiana State Police arrested a Pekin, Indiana, man for Child Molestation Tuesday afternoon.  

ISP Detective Travis Baker, assigned to the Sellersburg post, launched an investigation in early July after he was contacted by the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Baker learned of possible illegal sexual conduct between Robert Higginbotham, 46, of Pekin, Indiana, and a pre-teen female victim.

During the investigation, Baker learned alleged sexual conduct occurred between Higginbotham and the child during the summer of 2021. The alleged incidents took place at a Pekin, Indiana, residence where Higginbotham was temporarily residing.  

As part of the investigation,  Baker interviewed family members of the alleged victim as well as Robert Higginbotham. The Indiana Department of Child Services conducted a forensic interview with the victim.  

Detective Baker submitted all information gathered during his investigation to the Washington County Prosecutor and, as a result of the investigation, Detective Baker requested an arrest warrant for Higginbotham for one count of Child Molestation, a Level 4 Felony.  

On Tuesday, August 1, 2023, Trooper Brett Walters located Higginbotham at a Harrison County residence, where he was arrested on the warrant and taken into custody without incident. 

Higginbotham was remanded into the custody of the Washington County Jail.