SUBJECT: Arrest Made after Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse in North Side Home
RELEASE NUMBER: 2017-NR-004
CONTACT: Lt. Doug Daza
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man on multiple counts of Child Molesting following an investigation into allegations of inappropriate contact between the man and two alleged victims, ages 10 and 11. The victims had disclosed to family and a counselor that the abuse had been occurring.
The investigation began at Holly’s House where both victims were interviewed by a forensic interviewer. Both victims gave detailed accounts of multiple incidents of sexual abuse by the suspect, Luther Vincent Peckinpaugh. Peckinpaugh also made numerous attempts to expose both victims to commercial pornography. The abuse was alleged to have occurred during overnight visits to his north side home.
On January 6th, detectives with the Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on Peckinpaugh’s residence and recovered several computers, multimedia devices and an item of clothing described by the victims that corroborated their accounts of the abuse. Peckinpaugh was taken to the Command Post for an interview. Peckinpaugh denied the allegations.
Peckinpaugh was arrested and charged with four counts of Child Molesting as Level 4 Felonies. He is being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail on a $50,000.00 cash only bond. There were allegations of physical abuse as well and the case is still under investigation.
Luther Vincent Peckinpaugh (pictured above), 53, of Evansville. Child Molesting Level 4 Felony (4 Counts).
CORRECTION: A previous version of this release incorrectly indicated the charges were Level 6 Felonies.