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Alford convicted of child molestation

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

A Shelbyville man was convicted on charges of child molest and child solicitation on Wednesday and will be sentenced in April, facing up to 55 years.

Timothy D. Alford, 52, was convicted by a jury on one Level 1 felony count of child molest and one Level 5 felony count of child solicitation after a two-day trial.

A child, who at the time of the incident was under 14 years old, told police that in October 2014, Alford molested him while Alford was working at Silly Little Learners Daycare in Shelbyville, prompting an investigation.

The victim told investigators that Alford touched and fondled his genitals and performed oral sex on him.

Shelbyville Police Department Detective Brian Roberts interviewed Alford, who admitted to wrestling with the victims and that parts were touched, but nothing “skin to skin,” according to Prosecuting Attorney Brad Landwerlen. 

Another child accused Alford of molestation, but those charges were dismissed when the victim refused to testify, saying he wanted to move on from the incident.

Alford admitted to being a habitual offender with previous convictions for theft in 2000, dealing a narcotic drug in 2001 and possession of cocaine in 2006, along with other convictions.

Landwerlen said in a press release that delayed-reported child molestation cases are among the most difficult to investigate. He commended the victim for speaking up and following through with the case.

Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Pasel prosecuted the case. Local attorney Christ Starkey and Indianapolis attorney Linda Klain defended Alford.

The family of the victim is extremely pleased with the verdict, he said.

Alford is scheduled to be sentenced April 18.