ANDERSON — A Yorktown man out on bond in Grant County on a child molesting charge was arrested Wednesday by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department on preliminary charges of Level 1 felony rape and Level 6 sexual battery.

Scott Delaney, 51, was arrested after a 32-year-old man with Down syndrome disclosed that Delaney had touched him in a sexual manner numerous times.

Delaney was working for Muncie-based company Help at Home that had been providing services to the family, which included taking the man out of the house for activities.

Help at Home didn’t return a telephone call to The Herald Bulletin seeking comment on Delaney’s employment.

The probable cause affidavit states Help at Home was aware of the investigation and Delaney said during his video court appearance that he is no longer employed.

The court documents state that Delaney was taking the 32-year-old man from his Anderson home several times a week for outside activities.

The man’s family said their son indicated that Delaney was touching him inside his shirt, pants and on his legs.

During a Kids Talk interview the man said Delaney would fondle him with his pants down while the two were seated in the front of Delaney’s truck.

Family members told police that their son was acting differently since the incident.

“They explained he used to be upbeat and friendly, and now he doesn’t want to talk and is closed off,” court records state.

The family said the man was not allowed to ride in the front seat of their vehicle, but rode in the front seat of Delaney’s truck.

During Delaney’s initial court appearance, Magistrate Jason Childers said the state has until Sept. 15 to file formal charges.

The state asked for an elevated bond because of the serious nature of the offense, that Delaney was a threat to public safety and has pending similar criminal matters.

Childers set bond at $35,000 full cash.

During a police interview, Delaney denied all of the allegations.

Delaney was arrested in January in Grant County on a Level 4 felony charge of child molesting for fondling or touching someone under the age of 14.

He was released after posting a surety bond of $20,000 in Grant County.

A Jan. 25 trial date has been set in Grant County. If convicted of that charge, he could face a prison sentence of two to 12 years.

Follow Ken de la Bastide

on Twitter @KendelaBastide,

or call 765-640-4863.

Senior Reporter covering Anderson and Madison County government, politics and auto racing for The Herald Bulletin. Has been working as a journalist in central Indiana since 1977.

Recommended for you