Man convicted of sex charges arrested in Indiana

Man convicted of sex charges arrested in Indiana

CLINTON — A Bloomington man who skipped out on his jury trial about two weeks ago for sexually molesting a child has been arrested in Indiana.

DeWitt County State's Attorney Karle Koritz said Duane T. Thackrey, 28, was convicted in his absence on March 3 of five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

He was accused him of multiple sex acts with a girl under the age of 12 between January 2011 and July 2012 in Clinton, Koritz said.

Thackrey's trial on those charges began with jury selection in Clinton on Feb. 24 before Judge Hugh Finson.

Koritz said he had presented his case and Thackrey's court-appointed attorney, Richard Goff, had called eight witnesses on Thackrey's behalf by the end of Feb. 26. Then on Thursday, Feb. 27, Thackrey did not show up and the case was continued to the next day. He did not show up on Friday or the following Monday so the trial resumed in his absence Monday.

Koritz said the judge made no mention to the jury of Thackrey's absence. The trial concluded that day, and he was convicted. Finson issued a warrant for his arrest.

Koritz said the DeWitt County sheriff's office and the U.S. Marshal's Service teamed up to locate Thackrey on Monday in Elwood, Ind., where it's believed he had family members.

Finson set a hearing on post-trial motions, and possibly sentencing, for April 14.

Because he was convicted of separate acts involving the girl, Thackrey faces consecutive sentences on each of the counts, or a range of 33 to 314 years in prison.

Koritz was unsure on Tuesday how soon Thackrey would be returned to DeWitt County.

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