A 56-year-old Middlebury man could face up to 68 years in prison on charges related to the 2010 molestation of a child family member.
On Tuesday evening, Aug. 12., a jury of 12 found Gregory Rose to be guilty of one count of child molesting, a class A felony, and another count of child molesting, a class C felony, according to the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office.
The charges stem from occurrences in 2010 in which Rose engaged in sexual intercourse and fondling of a 10-year-old family member, according to the prosecutor’s office.
The events didn’t come to light until the child wrote a note to a classmate saying she had been raped. The note initiated an investigation by the Department of Child Services and law enforcement.
Evidence from school officials, family members and the victim led to Tuesday’s guilty verdicts.
When asked at the trial why she waited to say what happened, the child said, “Because when it happened he told me, ‘If you tell anyone, I’ll just do it again,’” according to the prosecutor’s office.
On top of these charges, Rose has a previous conviction for unlawful deviate conduct, making him a repeat sexual offender and adding up to 10 years to his sentence.
Rose faces a maximum of 68 years in prison. He will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4., in the courtroom of the Elkhart County Corrections Center.