News and Tribune

February 19, 2013

New Albany man arrested on child molest warrant

Court records say mother caught man in the act

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

NEW ALBANY — A New Albany man wanted for sexually molesting a 7-year-old child is in Floyd County Jail nearly four months after a warrant was issued for his arrest. 

Timothy Edmonson, 46, of 1002 E. Main St., was arrested in Louisville on Feb. 12 and brought from Louisville Metro Corrections to Floyd County on Thursday. Edmonson was charged in Floyd County Superior Court No. 1 with class A felony child molesting in October. The charge stems from a June 14 investigation by the New Albany Police Department.

The child’s mother reported to police that she caught Edmonson, her boyfriend at the time, in the act of molesting the child in a bedroom of their Floyd County home, according to a probable-cause affidavit. She told police she and two of her children had left the home, and her daughter was left in the care of Edmonson.

The woman had left something behind and returned to the residence.

There, she said she found Edmonson at the end of the bed where the girl was. Her shorts and underwear were pulled down on one of her legs, the affidavit states. The child told the mother Edmonson had performed oral sex on her.

According to police records, the mother then asked Edmonson what had transpired, to which he responded, “ ... it’s not what you think ... ,” adding that he was helping her change her clothes.

The mother told police she didn’t see any clothes on or around the bed.

New Albany police then interviewed Edmonson who said that he was helping the girl change her clothes at the end of the bed by holding her leg, and that he was not on the bed.

A forensic interview was performed five days later, during which the child gave account of the alleged crime. The child said she had been on her mother’s bed watching cartoons when Edmonson pointed to her private area and approached her. He then pulled her shorts and underwear down to her feet, she told the interviewer. The child then said that Edmonson touched her and tried to make the girl touch him, which the child said she didn’t do.

She then left the bedroom to ride her bike outside.

The forensic interview continued with the child saying Edmonson called her back into the home, which is when the child said the oral sex took place.

She stated that she had told Edmonson to stop, but he continued.

According to the account provided by the child, her mother then entered the room and began yelling at Edmonson.

Floyd County court records had not been updated with Edmonson’s next court appearance as of press time.

Court officials said the child molestation charge triggered a second warrant for a probation violation of good behavior in an unrelated case. Edmonson was on probation for an April 2011 conviction of dealing in schedule II controlled substance, a class B felony.