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Clark County

March 11, 2013

Child molestation trial begins Tuesday

Jury to be seated in case against Charlestown woman

JEFFERSONVILLE — Jury selection is slated to begin Tuesday morning in a trial where a Charlestown woman will face six felony charges related to child molestation.

Juanita L. Fisher, 35, of 318 Berkely Drive, was originally arrested in August 2011 after a two-week investigation into sexual abuse allegations.

Charlestown Police Detective Chuck Ledbetter said in 2011 that the allegations pertained to various sexual acts involving children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old, and that the crimes are believed to have been committed between 2006 and 2011.

Then-Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Brittany Blau said in 2011 that the abuse involved a boy and a girl who were related to Fisher.

Fisher did not have a prior criminal record, but she did have a lengthy history with Child Protective Services, Ledbetter said.

After spending nearly four months Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex, Fisher was released from the jail and placed on home incarceration.

The terms of her pretrial release stipulated that she was to have no contact with the victims or any children under the age of 14. She was also not permitted to be in the presence of children of family members unless another adult was present.

A plea agreement was later reached by the Clark County prosecutors and Fisher’s defense counsel in December 2012.

Fisher was scheduled to appear for a hearing Jan. 4 in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1, where the plea would have been offered to the judge for review, but Fisher was a no-show.

Had the hearing taken place, the judge would have had the authority to reject or accept the plea, pending a pre-sentencing investigation.

Charlestown police reported that the morning of the plea hearing, Fisher removed a home-incarceration tracking device from her ankle, stole her roommate’s credit card and skipped the hearing.

As Fisher failed to appear at the hearing, the pending plea agreement was taken off the table, a trial date was set and a $150,000 court-cash bond was set.

She turned herself into authorities three days later and was charged with D felony escape and an additional $25,0000 was added to her bond.

She was again booked into the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex on Jan. 7, where she has remained.

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