GREENFIELD — A second man has been charged in a sexual misconduct case involving a young teen who told police she willingly participated in sex acts with at least two adults.
James Monko, 24, of Greenfield, who was arrested Monday afternoon, is the second man to be charged in the past week for engaging in sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl who, despite her reported willingness, was too young to legally consent, according to police reports.
The first suspect is Jeffrey Lindsey, 40, of Greenfield. Both men have been charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony; and sexual battery, a Class D felony. Lindsey was arrested Friday.
Detectives began investigating the pair on Friday after police received a 911 call with a report of several people fighting in the street near the intersection of Fifth and Berry streets.
When an officer arrived, about 10 people were in the street, arguing with one another, according to police reports.
Lindsey was among them, and one of the teen’s friends was accusing him of having had inappropriate sexual contact with the girl.
At least two people witnessed Lindsey and the girl having sex inside a storage shed, police said.
When interviewed by detectives, Lindsey denied ever having been alone with the teen or having had sex with her. He said police would not find his DNA on the girl or her clothing. When police asked to swab his mouth for a DNA sample, he refused, according to court documents.
The teen told police that she met Lindsey for the first time last week, and on the night they had sex, she was at a friend’s home with Lindsey, who supplied them with beer and marijuana, court records state.
Aside from having sex with Lindsey, the teen also admitted to having engaged in a sex act with Monko, who is her friend’s boyfriend, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Monko also denied having had any sexual contact with the girl, who said the act happened in Riley Park, court records state.
Both men remained in Hancock County Jail at press time.