Twenty-two-year-old Brett Kersey pleaded guilty in Starke Circuit Court on Tuesday to one count of Child Molestation as a Class A Felony. Kersey was sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections with five years of that sentence suspended to be served on probation. In addition, he will be placed in the Sex Offender Maintenance and Monitoring program, complete a sex offender treatment program, possess no obscene material, consent to random computer searches, and a whole host of other rules and regulations as part of his probation.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Mary Ryan read a letter aloud written by the mother of the victim which said that the incident has caused the victim, a 12-year-old girl, to suffer from nightmares every night.
Kersey was credited with 141 days. He is no longer allowed to reside within 1,000 feet of a school or park or within one mile of the victim. Kersey is to have no contact with the victim or the victim’s family, will submit to random polygraph tests, and he will complete a travel log and daily activities journal as well. In addition, he is not allowed to access the internet in any way and must submit a DNA cheek swab to the Indiana database.