Brett Kersey appeared in Starke Circuit Court on Thursday. The state submitted a plea offer, but it was rejected by the defense. Kersey’s attorney, Richard Ballard, will be taking the case to trial. Kersey is charged with Child Molesting, Rape, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. He faces a potential sentence of 20-50 years in prison.
Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff anticipates calling up to ten witnesses for the case against Kersey, and the trial date has been set for December 14th at 9:00 a.m. with a jury status hearing set for November 30th at 1:00 p.m.
At about 4:00 p.m. on July 28th, the Starke County Sheriff’s Department was informed that a victim of sexual assault was at I.U. Health Starke Hospital, and an investigation returned enough information for a search warrant to be granted for the residence of 0440 N. 700 E. in Knox.
Officers from the Sheriff’s Department and a crime scene tech from the Indiana State Police searched the residence, and were able to find enough evidence and information to confirm a sexual assault occurred at the residence. Kersey was soon arrested.