Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Perkins Receives 45 Years ; Police Chief's Statement Leads to Standing-Room-Only Crowd

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Perkins Receives 45 Years ; Police Chief's Statement Leads to Standing-Room-Only Crowd

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Observers packed a Vanderburgh County circuit courtroom Thursday afternoon for the sentencing of confessed child molester Jack Perkins III after Evansville Police Department Chief Billy Bolin took to Facebook earlier this week seeking a show of support for a harsh sentence for Perkins. After listening to testimony and arguments from both sides, Circuit Court Magistrate Kelli Fink gave Perkins a 45-year sentence - just five years less than the maximum he could have received.

The standing-room-only crowd was drawn by a pre-sentencing report that suggested Perkins, who confessed to abducting and molesting a 9-year-old child, receive a minimum sentence.

Fink instead sentenced Perkins to 45 years for child molesting, a Class A felony, and 16 years for criminal confinement, a Class B felony.

He faced a 20-to 50-year sentence for child molesting and a 6-to 20-year sentence for confinement. Because of the victim's age, Perkins will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence on the child molesting charge.

"I'm here to support that little boy," said Robert Stuckey of Evansville. "That kid shouldn't be cheated like that. If something happened to one of my sons, I'd want a lot of support with me."

Perkins, 28, admitted to abducting and molesting a 9-year-old boy last year and pleaded guilty but mentally ill to both charges. During an interview with an Evansville Police Department investigator he also admitted to abducting and molesting a second child, but police were unable to locate the child.

"We would love to find the child," Detective Brian Turpen said.

Detective Brad Evrard testified that he recovered more than 100 sexually violent child pornography videos and images from Perkins' computers and on CDs from his house, as well as sexually explicit videos Perkins made of himself.

Perkins' public defender, David Lamont, declined to comment after the sentencing. …

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