Man pleads not guilty to molest charges




GREENFIELD — A Crawfordsville man pleaded not guilty to four felony counts of child molest Tuesday after a young girl came forward and accused him of forcing her to have sex.

Some of the crimes are alleged to have happened in the girl’s Greenfield home, as well as the girl’s grandmother’s home, which is also in Greenfield.

Michael Youngblood, 33, pleaded not guilty to three Class A felonies and one Class C felony Tuesday in Hancock Circuit Court, and the judge set a $10,000 cash bond, according to court records.

Youngblood was also ordered to have no contact with the girl.

The girl told police Youngblood molested her for about two years sometime between 2009 and 2012, according to court records.

The girl said Youngblood put a pillow over her face each time and then forced himself on her. She said that on several occasions, he told her that if she told anyone what had happened, she would get into trouble, court records state.

The girl said she hasn’t seen Youngblood in two years.

A Class A felony, the highest classification of crime below murder, carries a penalty range of 20 to 50 years and up to $10,000 in fines. A Class C felony carries a range up two to eight years and up to $10,000 in fines.

Youngblood remained in the Hancock County Jail at press time.

He is scheduled to return to court June 5 for pre-trial hearing.

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