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June 20, 2014

Jeffersonville boy, 15, held in adult jail under no bond

Teen faces more than 20 criminal charges

JEFFERSONVILLE — A 15-year-old Jeffersonville boy facing 23 criminal charges is being held without bond in the Clark County jail.

Ethan C. James was placed in the facility Wednesday, June 18, after he was arrested on a warrant stemming from allegations he tampered with his home incarceration ankle device.

James’ long list of charges were filed May 7 and primarily stem from alleged home and vehicle break-ins and property thefts that occurred between March 2013 and March 2014.

The charges are not violent in nature or obviously related to drug activity.

According to state statue, a minor can be waived as an adult if he or she is at least 14 years old, and has been charged with a felony “that is heinous or aggravated” or “part of a repetitive patter of delinquent acts, even though less serious.”

Before the charges were issued by the Office the Clark County Prosecutor, the teen was transferred from the juvenile detention center, following a March 26 arrest, to the Clark County jail April 30.

He appeared in Clark County Circuit Court No. 4 on May 8 for an initial hearing, at which time a $50,000 court-cash bond was set. James was released later in the day after a $5,000 bond payment was made.

At the time, James was ordered to pretrial home incarceration and GPS monitoring.

Nearly a month later, suspicions began to arise that James was tampering with his home incarceration monitoring ankle device.

On June 11, he was ordered to meet with a home incarceration staff member, who reported, “ ... it was discovered that both the top and bottom pins were held in the device with glue,” according to court documents.

Days later, a motion to revoke James’ placement was filed in the court and an arrest warrant was issued.

James appeared before the court Friday, June 20, with his attorney Steven Beardsley. During the hearing, a pretrial conference and a home incarceration revocation hearing were scheduled. A call placed to Beardsley was not returned by press time.

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