GOSHEN — A Goshen man faces multiple counts of child molesting after two girls came forward with claims he touched them.
Michale Billingsley, 41, is charged with two counts of molesting a child under age 14, a Level 4 felony, and two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, a Level 5 felony.
He was arrested this week on a warrant issued March 11.
He was booked in the Elkhart County Correctional Facility but quickly posted a $30,000 surety bond.
A Level 4 felony is punishable by up to 12 years in prison and a Level 5 felony by up to six years.
According to court documents:
The warrant for Billingsley’s arrest was issued after two girls accused him of touching them inappropriately on several occasions.
One of the girls was under age 16 at the time of the incidents, which allegedly happened in 2017, and the other was under age 12.
They spoke with a forensic interviewer in October 2018.
The older girl said she decided to tell her mom about it after reading a book about a woman who was a victim and about how important it was to speak up. She said she knew it was happening to the younger girl too, which made her feel guilty.
The younger girl said she told her mom because she could not “deal with it anymore.” Her mother said she had been having nightmares for months.
Later in October, the girls’ grandmother showed police messages she said she received from Billingsley over Facebook.
In the messages, he apologizes for unspecified reasons, asks for forgiveness and says he is “making arrangements to never hurt anyone again.”