DATE: Saturday, December 22, 2018
SUBJECT: Forensic Evidence Links Newburgh Man as Cold Case Burglary Suspect
RELEASE NUMBER: 2018-NR-071
CONTACT: Lt. Mark Rasure
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
In September of this year Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Aaron Otto of Newburgh after fingerprint analysis linked him to leaving numerous sexually obscene notes on the vehicles of unsuspecting young women on the University of Southern Indiana campus. The notes were quite explicit and written in a manner that led the victims to believe that they were being watched. Since Otto’s arrest his fingerprints have now been linked to evidence collected from 2014 burglary case when an unknown suspect entered a young woman’s home while she was away and stole over 30 pair of her underwear.
Based upon the confirmatory forensic information a warrant was obtained for Otto’s arrest and he has been taken into custody in Washington, IN by officers with the Washington (IN) Police Department and a Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s deputy assigned to the United States Marshal Service Fugitive Apprehension Task Force. After his arrest Otto denied any involvement in the crime. Aaron Otto is being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail on a $5000 bond for the charges of burglary and theft.
Arrested: Aaron Otto, 32, of Newburgh, IN
Presumption of Innocence Notice: The fact that a person has been arrested or charged with a crime is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.