A Logansport man faces multiple child molesting charges spanning two counties.
And the cases are so delicate that law enforcement officials do not want to share information as they continue to investigate. The details and circumstances are such that the alleged crimes have prompted prosecutors in both Cass and Carroll counties to charge Jeremy W. Davidson, 35, Logansport, who also resides in Flora, with the highest felony possible, Level 1, in all cases.
In Indiana, a Level 1 felony carries a possible prison sentence of 20 to 40 years, with the advisory sentence being 30 years, and a fine of not more than $10,000.
According to court documents, Davidson was initially charged in Carroll County on Sept. 14, 2020, with one count of child molesting where the defendant is at least 21 years of age. Kurtis G. Fouts was appointed as public defender. On Oct 9, 2020, Davidson was admitted to the Pretrial Release program by the Hon. Benjamin A. Diener, Carroll Circuit Court, who also issued a no-contact order.
The Pretrial Release program grants a defendant the opportunity to get out of jail on defendant’s own recognizance or on certain conditions or a combination of both, according to the American Bar Association.
While Davidson was released under this charge, Cass County authorities had already begun investigating separate charges. And on Oct. 19, 2020, the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office filed two counts of sex crimes against Davidson. Both, which are against two separate victims, were child molesting where the defendant is at least 21 years of age.
Cass Superior Court 2 Judge Lisa Swaim issued a warrant for his arrest along with a no-contact order. Bond had been set at $10,000 cash or $50,000 surety.
Public Defender Christopher Phillips was appointed to represent Davidson.
Then, on Dec. 29, 2020, Carroll County Prosecutor’s Office filed another charge of child molesting where the defendant is at least 21 years of age. A warrant for Davidson’s arrest was issued on Jan. 7, 2021.
He currently remains behind bars at the Carroll County Jail.
According to court documents, Davidson will have his first Carroll case heard on Feb. 19, 2021 for the final pretrial conference. Jury trial is set for April 5, 2021 at 9 a.m. in Circuit Court. The prosecutor’s office has filed a notice of an intent to seek habitual offender status. He awaits an initial hearing on the second Carroll County offense.
As for Cass County, his pretrial conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 2, 2021. The final pretrial conference is slated for 9 a.m. March 22, 2021, and the jury trial will begin at 8:30 a.m. April 21, 2021. All will take place in Cass Superior Court 2.
In 2009, the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office filed domestic battery charges against Davidson as a Class D felony. On Feb. 10, 2011, he entered a plea agreement whereby he was found guilty of the crime and sentenced to 18 months in the Department of Correction. Of that sentence, he served six months on in-home detention with an additional 12 months on probation. The second count of domestic battery was dismissed.
Then, in 2014, Davidson was charged with one Level 3 felony of battery resulting in serious injury to a person younger than 14 years old; one Level 5 felony of battery on a person younger than 14 years old, but who suffered bodily injury; one Level 5 felony of neglect of a dependent, resulting in bodily injury; another Level 5 felony for neglect of a dependent; and habitual offender status.
Of those charges, Davidson entered a plea agreement on Oct. 8, 2015, to neglect of a dependent, resulting in bodily injury with a habitual offender enhancement. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison with two years on work release, two years on in-home detention, and six years suspended to formal probation.
While fulfilling the terms of his probation, he was arrested in Carroll County on the first of the four current child molestation charges. Due to the probation violation, he is being held behind bars without bond.