A 20-year-old Clarksville man was jailed Monday after admitting to having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl he had met on Facebook.
Zachary B. Shearer, South Sherwood Avenue, turned himself in to authorities after a warrant had been issued for his arrest last week.
Jeffersonville police began its investigation after the Department of Child Services was notified of the alleged sexual abuse of the juvenile in February.
During a forensic interview, the child reported that she had met Shearer on Facebook, and the two had sexual intercourse on four occasions between November and January.
She said three of the encounters took place at Shearer’s home and one occurred at her relative’s home in The Woods Apartments across from Jeffersonville High School.
Days after the child’s forensic interview in February, Shearer was questioned by Jeffersonville police.
At the time, Shearer also claimed that he and the child had engaged in sexual intercourse on four occasions, but said the encounters in Clarksville occurred in his vehicle.
Shearer told police other sexual activity between the two took place, both in Clarksville and Jeffersonville.
“Shearer acknowledged he knew [the child] was fourteen years old,” according to the probable cause affidavit.
He appeared in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 Monday after turning himself in on the warrant.
During the initial hearing, his $50,000 court-cash bond was modified to $30,000.
Shearer was released on a $3,000 bond payment, 20 minutes after being booked into the Clark County jail.
He has been charged with four counts class C felony sexual misconduct with a minor. If convicted of all four charges, Shearer’s sentencing would range from eight to 32 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.
Shearer is being represented by Eric Weitzel, according to court staff. Weitzel was not able to be reached for comment.