State drops child molest case

Prosecutors cite lack of DNA evidence in decision to dismiss felonies

GREENFIELD — Prosecutors have dismissed the child molest case they filed against a Greenfield man after the rape kit collected from his young accuser turned up none of the man’s DNA, officials said.

Brian Williams, 32, was arrested earlier this year after one Level 4 felony count of child molesting and one Level 6 felony count of dissemination of matters harmful to minors were filed against him, records show.

A toddler Williams’ wife had helped babysit told police Williams had touched her inappropriately while giving her a bath one day in December, court documents state.

As part of the investigation that followed, the child was taken to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis to have a forensic sexual assault exam — commonly referred to as a rape kit, court documents state.

Prosecutor Brent Eaton said investigators just received the test results from that exam, which state none of Williams’ DNA was located on the child’s body. That lack of evidence led to prosecutors’ decision to dismiss the case, he said.

The family is now in contact with an attorney and is considering civil action against the family that reported Williams.

Williams’ wife, Patricia Williams, told the Daily Reporter she knows the accusations made against her husband were false, and she said she believes the report was made only out of spite because of a disagreement she and her husband had with the child’s mother.

Though the child molest charges have been officially dropped, Williams remains in the Hancock County Jail because of two unrelated, pending criminal cases in which he’s accused of theft, possession of a syringe and driving while suspended. He’s also accused of violating the terms of a probation sentence he’d been serving when child molest accusations were reported, records show.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.