HARTFORD CITY, Ind. (WANE) - The grandson of a Hartford City councilman claims he was molested by his grandfather for nearly a decade. John Adams, 66, of Hartford City, was arrested Thursday on child molesting charges.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Adams was arrested on one charge of Child Molesting, a class A felony, and one charge of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, a class B felony.
Adams' grandson told his mother that Adams had been molesting him since he was eight years old. The alleged victim is now an adult.
The victim's mother initially alerted police to the alleged molestation on August 29 of this year. She said her son told her that Adams had raped him. Adams also allegedly forced the victim to watch pornographic videos.
The victim's aunt told police she believes Adams could have molested her son as well, but had no facts or evidence to support her theory. She also said she remembered Adams grabbing young boys "by their private parts" on multiple occasions since the time she was in high school. Adams is a former educator for Blackford County Schools.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the victim told his aunt that he performed oral sex on Adams "hundreds of times" over the years in exchange for money or prescription drugs.
The probable cause goes into great detail on the sexual encounters with the victim and Adams.
Adams' family told police they struggled with coming forward because Adams was well-known and respected in the community, but then realized it was the right thing to do.
Adams was married to the victim's grandmother, who recently passed away.
Another former student at Blackford High School told police that when he was around 15, he went to Adams home and snorted prescription pills and drank alcohol. He also told police Adams had grabbed his penis in school and commented on the size of it.
The victim's mother also alleged Adams gave alcohol to minors at the high school for years. She also told police that Adams had been giving her son prescription pills and alcohol since he was 10 years old.
When questioned by police on September 6, Adams changed his story multiple times, according to the probable cause.
Adams first denied that the victim had ever watched porn on his computer. However, he later said he did catch the victim watching porn at his home and told the victim he did not approve.
When detectives first asked if Adams had any sexual relations with his grandson, he said no. He later recalled an incident where the victim showed Adams his genitals because they "itched horrible." He admitted to police he may have shaken powder on the victim's genitals.
Adams denied ever raping him or having oral sex with the victim. He told police he gave the victim prescription pills in the past but said it was for the victim's wisdom tooth pain.
According to the probable cause, Adams later admitted that he and the victim did preform oral sex on each other multiple times. Adams told police the victim initiated it and it was after the victim was 18 years old.
Police said the last alleged sexual relation with Adams was in late August, when the victim recorded the encounter with Adams on a recording device.
No bond will be set for Adams until his initial hearing on the September 16, according to the probable cause.
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