2nd man faces molest charges

FORTVILLE — A second man faces criminal allegations in the reported sexual assault of a young girl, court records show.

Prosecutors filed two felony counts recently against Anthony James Strode Sr., 40, 339 Grant Ave., Indianapolis, after a girl told police he harmed her several years ago, according to court documents.

The girl came forward in October after attending a body safety class at her school, according to court documents. She told her teachers and police that Strode and former Fortville resident Timothy Bishop, 48, had abused her when she was younger and Bishop had helped care for her, court documents state.

Strode now faces one Class A felony count of child molesting and one Class C felony count of child molesting, court records show. He was being held in the Hancock County Jail on $25,000 cash bond at press time.

Prosecutors filed charges against Bishop, who now resides at 328 N. Center St., Plainfield, at the end of October.

Bishop faces one Class A felony count of child molesting and one Class C felony count of child molesting, court records show. He was being held in the Hancock County Jail on $10,000 cash bond at press time and his case is pending in Hancock Circuit Court, records show.

The girl said Strode and Bishop abused her between January 2006 and January 2009, court records state.

Bishop would come into her bedroom at night while she was staying with him at his Fortville home and touch her inappropriately or force her to engage in other sex acts, court documents state.

On several occasions during that same time, Strode visited Bishop’s Fortville home and picked the girl up; the girl didn’t know where Strode took her, but he touched her inappropriately during their visits, court documents state.

Strode was arrested Sunday afternoon, records show.

The Class A felony counts Strode and Bishop face carry a penalty of 20 to 50 years in prison; the Class C felony count they face carry a penalty of two to eight years.

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or squinn@greenfieldreporter.com.