LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A lengthy investigation conducted by Indiana State Police from the Bloomington District into reports of child solicitation culminated Thursday in the arrest of five people residing in four different counties across the state. ISP reported that each was charged with child solicitation, a level 4 felony.
The arrested suspects are Travis Henry, 47, of Bloomington; Roger Keith, 58, of Coal City; Thomas Pinnick, 25, of Mitchell; Brandon Dipasquale, 35, of Bloomington; and James Wheeler, 24, of Paoli.
The investigation began in early December when Trp. Robert Whyte received information from a concerned citizen in Lawrence County that multiple adult males had allegedly solicited an individual, who they believed to be a 15-year-old girl, to commit sexual acts with them. Whyte launched five separate investigations and worked closely with the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office throughout the investigation. The detailed investigations included numerous search warrants and analysis of electronic communications between the suspects and victim.
Once the investigations were completed, they were reviewed by the Lawrence County Prosecutor Samuel C Arp III and Deputy Prosecutor Allison Chopra, and then submitted to the Lawrence County Superior Court 1 where Judge John Plummer III issued arrest warrants for each suspect. Search warrants for the residences and electronic devices of the suspects were also issued.
On Thursday evening, Indiana State Police Sgt. Greg Day and the Bloomington District A.C.E.S. (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Section), along with ISP troopers assigned to Lawrence County and members of the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office successfully served the five arrest and search warrants simultaneously across the area. Evidence seized during these search warrants is being analyzed for the possibility of other offenses. All five were arrested without incident and incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail. Additional charges are also possible as the investigation concludes.
Asked about the investigation, Day said, “I commend not only the teamwork and cooperation to successfully serve five warrants at the same time in four counties but also Trp. Whyte for his tireless hard work on these investigations.” He added, “Without a doubt, this investigation has saved young girls in our community from becoming victims to such alleged predators.”
Day reminds all parents that these dangers are ever-present and a real threat to our youth and encourages parents to monitor closely the types of Apps and the communications that their children are taking part of on social media.