Alleged lewd acts with child lands Chandler man behind bars

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Hybarger faces Class A felony



Staff Writer



SPENCR COUNTY – A Chandler man was arrested last week on suspicion of child molesting.

The Indiana State Police and Spencer County Sheriff’s Department arrested Leeland Hybarger, 26, Jan. 23. He is being held at the Spencer County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond, charged with two counts of Class A felony child molesting and Class D felony charges of dissemination of harmful material to a minor and activity related to obscene performance.

According to a probable-cause-for-arrest affidavit filed at the Spencer County Courthouse, the purported victim, a 6-year-old girl, was the daughter of a woman Hybarger knew.

During a forensic interview conducted by Spencer County Sheriff’s Deputy Kelli Reinke, the girl allegedly told the deputy Hybarger touched her inappropriately, and that had happened “a bunch of times” at the couple’s home.

Hybarger also allegedly showed the girl movies of people engaged in sexual acts.

The mother reported witnessing one of Hybarger’s alleged acts.

Investigators were given consent to search the residence and allegedly discovered a movie in a nightstand that matched a description of one given by the child.

A Class A felony carries with it a sentence of between 20 and 50 years in prison, with an advisory sentence being 30 years. Class D felonies carry a penalty of six months to three years of incarceration.