News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

July 30, 2013

Three teens face charges in child exploitation case

TERRE HAUTE — Criminal charges of sexual battery, child exploitation, sexual deviate conduct and child pornography have been filed against three Terre Haute teenagers who allegedly assaulted a minor female at a local hotel on June 30.

Arrest warrants on the felony charges were issued Tuesday afternoon for Peter Joseph Tanoos II and Tucker Lee Ray, both 18, and Christopher Ivan Lucio Hayden, 19.

Tanoos has been arrested on charges of child exploitation and sexual battery.

Ray has been arrested on charges of sexual deviate conduct, child exploitation and sexual battery.

Tanoos and Ray both submitted themselves to police at the Vigo County Jail on Tuesday afternoon. Each has bail set at $50,000, cash only. Both are scheduled to appear in Vigo Superior Court 5 at 11 a.m. today.

Hayden, who was still being sought by police Tuesday night, faces charges of child exploitation and possession of child pornography. His case will also be heard in Division 5 court.

Indiana State Police report that on July 2, a minor younger than age 16 but older than 12 reported an incident to family members, who contacted police and then took the minor to a Terre Haute hospital for treatment.

Detective First Sgt. Jeff Hearon and Trooper Mike Finney reported that the victim said she became intoxicated and incapacitated at a private party near downtown Terre Haute. Friends and acquaintances then helped her to leave the party and took her to a hotel on the city’s south side, according to police.

As the minor lay unconscious in the room, she was allegedly sexually assaulted by Tanoos and Ray. Pornographic images of the assault were allegedly recorded by Hayden, and were then allegedly published multiple times around the community, police said.

Special prosecutor Lee Reberger of Clay County has been appointed to handle the case. Because of a family connection to Ray, Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt has recused himself from the case.

Indiana State Police ask that anyone who knows Hayden’s whereabouts to contact the Putnamville ISP Post at 765-653-4114.

Reporter Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or lisa.trigg@tribstar.com. Follow her on Twitter @TribStarLisa.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Raw: Massive Explosion in Gaza City Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror'
NDN Video
Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity