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Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
A Terre Haute man was booked into the Vigo County Jail Wednesday morning, where he is facing several child molestation- related charges involving his girlfriend's daughter.
Luke McCloud, 34, was arrested on a warrant for the following felony charges: Child molesting (child under 14); sexual misconduct with a minor; and dissemination of matter harmful to minors.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Terre Haute Police Department Detective Sanford Scott states that the suspect allegedly was sexually abusing the child for several years -- from April 2009 to February 2016.
The suspect lived with the victim and his girlfriend -- the girl's mother -- from the time the victim was about 2 or 3-years-old. The victim alleges the sexual abuse began when she was 9-years-old. She reportedly told detectives that is when, at age 9, that McCloud began inserting his fingers in her vagina and performing oral sex on her.
As she got older, the victim reports the abuse got worse. She claims she would sometimes wake up in the night and have her clothes off and was often sore from the alleged sexual abuse she suffered.
The investigation began in February, after a witness reported overhearing a jail telephone conversation in which McCloud -- an inmate held on driving while intoxicated charges at the time -- had with his mother. According to the jail witness, McCloud admitted in the telephone conversation to having had a sexual relationship with the girl. Investigation revealed that several other witnesses admit to knowing about the suspect's alleged sexual activity with the minor.
McCloud also allegedly showed the victim pornography.
McCloud denies the allegations, while admitting he showed the victim pornography in his bedroom because he "wanted her to understand the basics of sex" as an educational means, according to the documents. He admitted that after showing the porn, he helped her "cleanse her vaginal area," also allegedly to educate her.
McCloud appeared in Vigo Superior Court Div. 3 yesterday, where he pleaded not guilty. He was appointed a Public Defender. He remains in the Vigo County Jail on $100,000 bond, no 10 percent allowed.
A longtime paint manufacturing plant , with its history of environmental concerns cited by the Environmental Protection Agency, is being demolished today.
MAB was purchase by Sherwin Williams in 2007. After sister plants in West Philadelphia and Orlando, Fla. closed, Terre Haute reportedly continued to produce around 100 million gallons of paint and varnishes per year. Ending more than a century of paint manufacturing in Terre Haute, the factory closed permanently at the end of 2011.
According to a 2013 Indiana State University press release, the university's governing board granted the university treasurer authority to negotiate with The Sherwin Williams Company and sign an agreement for the donation of 2.66 acres of property containing a former MAB paints factory west of U.S. 41, on the other side of the overpass. The property is near the site where the university's long-range facilities master plan reportedly calls for the eventual construction of a new football stadium.
Terre Haute resident James Wood was MAB Paints Factory manager for 26 years, from 1972-June 2006. According to his LinkedIn profile, the company's origins stem back to when it was called Smith-Alsop Paint and Varnish Co., founded in 1909. The company officially became MAB Paints in 1977, after Philidelphia-based M. A. Bruder & Sons purchased Smith-Alsop Paint and Varnish Co. in 1969.
During his tenure at the factory at Third and Spruce Streets, there were three major building expansions -- tripling production locally. With vast industrial experience, the chemical engineer considers his time at the Terre Haute plant a highlight of his long career, as he notes in his LinkedIn profile.
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