By Cindy Larson
COLUMBIA CITY — A trial date has been set for a South Whitley man charged with 10 counts of child molesting of a minor under the age of 14, a Level 1 felony.
Matthew S. Reed’s jury trial is scheduled for three days, Aug. 28-30 in Whitley Circuit Court.
The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department arrested him Dec. 10, 2018. The incidents allegedly took place between October 2015 and August 2018.
At Reed’s initial hearing on Dec. 17, 2018, Judge Matthew Rentschler said those charges could carry a sentence as high as 40 years.
Also in Whitley Circuit Court on Aug. 12, a man who pleaded guilty to one count of invasion of privacy for violating a protective order, one count of criminal recklessness and one count of domestic battery was sentenced to time served.
During the sentencing hearing for Michael J. Ringel, a therapist, two employees of the Department of Child Services, and a representative of SCAN testified on Ringel’s behalf. Ringel, an Iraq war vet who has been diagnosed with PTSD, went through a time when he did not bathe or change clothes.
But his counselor said he is making good progress in therapy, and DCS employees testified on his behalf, saying his 3-year-old daughter “is his world,” and she is healthy and happy.
Ringel also turned over his firearms to a third party.
Judge Matthew Rentschler sentenced him to time served on all three counts with 60 days of probation on home detention.
Nathan Newsom, of Fort Wayne, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and was sentenced to 10 years in jail with two years suspended and 159 days of jail credit.