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May 2, 2014

Clarksville man who is a state inmate charged with child molest of boy

Clarksville man returns to Clark County for new charges

JEFFERSONVILLE — A Clarksville man serving a prison sentence following a 2011 drug-related conviction in Floyd County has been charged in the sexual assault of a young boy.

Phillip Hochadel Jr., 40, was booked into the Clark County jail Thursday, after he was transported from Plainfield Correctional Facility. He was charged in April with two counts of class A felony child molesting. Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said the case — which was first reported to police in late 2012 — was only recently brought to his attention, and he quickly acted to issue charges.

Hochadel was made the target of a Clarksville Police Department investigation beginning in September 2012 after the boy’s mother reported her son had been molested.

In 2012, the boy’s mother told police he had been sodomized several times years earlier by a man he called “Uncle Phil,” referring to Hochadel, who is not a biological relative.

The child told authorities he had told an adult of the abuse at the time it was taking place, but he was told that it was physically impossible for the act to have occurred. The alleged abuse was never reported to authorities, until years later when the boy again became vocal of the acts.

The reported abuse took place when the boy lived with Hochadel and his then-wife.

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A Clarksville police investigator interviewed Hochadel’s ex-wife nearly two months after the child’s mother reported the alleged sexual abuse. The woman told police that she and Hochadel took the boy into their Francis Drive home in Clarksville in 2007. She said the boy admired Hochadel and that the two would sleep in the same bed.

She also told the investigator that Hochadel is a pathological liar.

After speaking with his ex-wife, the investigator then interviewed the child’s mother

The mother said when her son first reported the abuse, years earlier, she did not believe the accusations.

She did notice, however, that her son began acting out by bullying other children and breaking into a school. She said the boy began to have nightmares and asked her if the sexual abuse made him a gay.

The investigator went to Indiana Department of Correction’s Plainfield Correctional Facility in November 2012 to interview Hochadel.

He told the investigator that he had children who had died — one from a drunken driver and the other from pneumonia. In the affidavit, the investigator reported that Hochadel’s ex-wife claims he never had any children.

Hochadel told the officer that he was sexually abused as a child and that “he is a firm believer that child molesters are not welcome and that ‘we should hang them by whatever body part we can.’ He said that’s the way he was raised,” according to the affidavit.

The investigator and Hochadel also discussed how the accusations will be handled and their effect on his current sentence.

“He said that he would never admit to doing any harm to ‘that child’ and that there’s no way of proving this,” the investigator reported.

However, Hochadel said that if he can get a “respectable deal from the prosecutor” of no incarceration or a concurrent sentence, “he would give me full disclosure,” according to the affidavit.

“He stated, ‘I’m prepared to strike up some kind of deal to get this off my packet.’ He said that he was ‘trying to keep my name out of the paper,’” the investigator reported.

Hochadel asked for a piece of paper during the interview, and wrote the following statement:

“I, Phil Hochadel, am sorry about what happened to [name redacted from court records] I admit to some of the things he said. I do not have no hard feelings toward the child. I do hope the child has a good life. And I wish to get help on this matter.”

Hochadel is scheduled to appear before Clark County Judge Vicki Carmichael on Monday for an initial hearing.

A class A felony conviction carries a sentence of 20 to 50 years in jail.

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