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April 18, 2012

Police: Woman arrested in child molest, incest

ANDERSON, Ind. — An Anderson woman was in jail Wednesday for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old girl.

Jessica Tooley, 30, was preliminarily charged with two counts of child molestation and two counts of incest on Monday afternoon.

According to Anderson Police Department spokesman Detective Joel Sandefur, it was an investigation of Tooley’s boyfriend, William Everage, that led to her arrest.

Everage, 37, was arrested on March 24 for failing to register as a sex offender and two counts of child molest. When questioned by police, Everage implicated Tooley in the abuse. Sandefur said an additional four counts are pending following Tooley’s arrest. Everage has three previous convictions of child molest dating back to 1996.

According to Sandefur, Tooley admitted to police to tying the girl to a bed, and making her drink an alcoholic beverage containing vodka, Mountain Dew and Kool-aid. While the girl was tied to the bed, Sandefur said, Everage and Tooley allegedly would have sex in front of her.

Tooley also admitted to performing oral sex on the girl and fondling her, Sandefur said. She told police Everage forced her to perform the acts or else he would cut her throat. However, Sandefur said her story did not corroborate with that of the child. According to Sandefur, the alleged abuse happened on two occasions in November and December 2011.

Sandefur said the girl has been released by the Department of Child Services to a family friend.

Everage and Tooley are both being held at the Madison County Jail. A bond of $35,000 was set for Tooley’s release.

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