Hartford City Public Official Could Face 70 Years Behind Bars (VIDEO)

By Stephanie Parkinson - 21Alive
By Emma Koch - 21Alive

September 13, 2013 Updated Sep 16, 2013 at 6:44 PM EDT

HARTFORD CITY, Ind. (21Alive) -- John S. Adams, retired educator from Blackford County Schools, former Board of Public Works member and current Hartford City Common Council, was arrested last week on child molestation charges and made his initial court appearance Monday.

Adams, 66, has since resigned from the Board of Public Works, though remains a Hartford City councilman. He is set to appear in court again on Jan. 27th and is being held on a $5,000 cash bond. If found guilty, Adams could face anywhere from 20 to 70 years behind bars.

According to court documents, Adams is accused of molesting a child known to him multiple times beginning at the age of eight. Adams was caught on audio tape talking with his victim about the abuse. The victim had not come forward prior because of Adams position within the community.

There are also allegations that abuse may have happened with other children and that Adams provided minors with alcohol.

In an interview with investigators, Adams admitted to some of the allegations about sexual encounters.

This is the result of an on-going investigation by Hartford City Police Department.

21Alive chose to keep the name of the victim(s) anonymous for their privacy.

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