February 25, 2009

Spencer Atwood sentenced to 30 years for child molestation

By Shawn McGrath, Herald Bulletin Staff Writer

February 25, 2009

ANDERSON, IN - An Anderson man was given a 30-year sentence Monday for molesting a teen girl in July.

Spencer C. Atwood, 22, pleaded guilty in January to three counts of child molestation. In an agreement with prosecutors, Madison Superior Court 1 Judge Dennis Carroll sentenced Atwood to 30 years, with 20 years in prison and the remaining 10 suspended. A fourth charge, felony contributing to the delinquency of minor, was dismissed with the agreement.

The most serious charge against Atwood carried a sentencing range of 20 to 50 years in prison.

According to a probable cause affidavit:

A 13-year-old girl told police she spent a night in July at a friend's home in south Anderson, where Atwood also lives with his wife and children.

At about 6:30 a.m. the next day, the girl and Atwood were watching a movie when he began fondling himself and asked the girl to touch him. He told her he wanted to have sex with her, and tried to kiss her.

The girl turned him down, and went to a bathroom to get away from him. Atwood followed the girl, closed the door and performed a sex act on her. Atwood's wife began knocking on the bathroom door and found him inside the room with the girl.

Atwood reportedly admitted to performing the sex act on the girl when questioned by police. He said the act was consensual.

The Herald Bulletin doesn't generally identify the victims of sex crimes.


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