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March 16, 2013

Man faces federal charges of molest, child exploitation

ANDERSON, Ind. —  A man accused of molesting and taking nude photographs of an 8-year-old girl he was babysitting had a motion to suppress evidence denied by a U.S. District Court on Monday.

James V. Carroll, 68, of Anderson faces six charges of child exploitation and a charge of possession of child pornography for incidents believed to have happened in three different counties between 2003 and 2007, according to court documents.

As a 13-year-old, the girl reported to police and child protection authorities that when she was 8 years old Carroll, who was staying at her parents’ house at the time, had shown her child pornography, molested her and took nude pictures of her, according to court documents.

In the motion to suppress evidence, Carroll, who had admitted to the charges, contended the Fourth Amendment protected him against an unwarranted search of his possessions by federal agents and that based on the time frame of the alleged abuse, the statute of limitations had expired.

The court refuted his claims and denied his motion to suppress, using case law history for precedent and citing a “good faith” exception to the search warrant. The exception allowed the evidence discovered in the search even though the search warrant was found by the court to not be supported by probable cause, according to court documents.

Carroll remains in custody and awaits his trial that is scheduled to begin in May, said Thomas Cook of the Department of Justice.

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