Parke County man facing child seduction charges


PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A Rockville man is behind bars on charges of child seduction.

Parke County Deputies arrested 55-year-old John P. Staggs on Friday.

Staggs was a cadet program leader at the Bellmore Fire Department while the alleged victim was a female juvenile member of the program.

Staggs was initially suspended from the department while the Parke County Sheriff’s Office investigated the allegations. His employment was officially terminated Tuesday, according to a statement from the Bellmore Fire Department.

Staggs is facing two counts of child seduction, a level 5 felony. He is being held in the Parke County Jail on $15,000 bond.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the arrest.

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