News and Tribune

June 20, 2014

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

Teen faces more than 20 criminal charges

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

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.



MANY CHARGES

Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull has issued the following charges against James, which date back to early 2013. The dates of the offenses are approximates.

• March 1, 2013 — theft, class D felony. James is accused of attempting to steal clothing from Meijer department store.

• March 1, 2013 — invasion of privacy, class A misdemeanor. James is accused of violating a no contact order, which was a condition of his probation at the time.

• April, 1, 2013, — two counts burglary, both class C felonies. James is accused of breaking into two buildings in the 1000 block of Assembly Road in Jeffersonville with the intent to commit theft.

• July 1, 2013 — burglary, class B felony and receiving stolen property — auto theft, class D felony. James is accused of breaking into a Clark County home and stealing the vehicle belonging to the home’s resident.

• July 1, 2013 — residential entry, class D felony, and criminal mischief, class A misdemeanor. James is accused of breaking into a home along Congress Court in Jeffersonville and burning the home’s carpet with cigarettes.

• July 8, 2013 — theft, class D felony, and two counts unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, both class B misdemeanors. James is accused of entering two vehicles belonging to the same person with the intent to commit thefts.

• July 8, 2013 — theft, class D felony, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a class B misdemeanor. James is accused of stealing a woman’s Harrison County corrections badge and other property and entering her vehicle.

• July 8, 2013 — theft, class D felony, and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, class B misdemeanor. James is accused of entering a woman’s vehicle and stealing a purse containing personal property.

• July 8, 2013 —theft, class D felony, and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, class B misdemeanor. James is accused of entering a vehicle and stealing a “K-Bar” knife.

• June 17, 2013 — resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor. James is accused of fleeing from police after an officer had identified himself and ordered him to stop.

• March 25 — theft, class D felony, and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, class B misdemeanor. James is accused of breaking into a woman’s vehicle and stealing a wedding band and checkbook from a woman’s vehicle.

 • March 26 — escape, class C felony; residential entry, class D felony; and false informing, class B misdemeanor. James is accused of leaving court-ordered Youth Opportunity Center, and, on the same date, breaking into a home on Lilly Lane in Jeffersonville and providing police with information he knew to be untrue.

James was arrested at the Lilly Lane home by Jeffersonville police and taken to the Clark County juvenile detention facility.