Jasper Man Arrested on Child Molestation Charges

A Jasper man was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after a warrant was issued for his arrest on felony child molesting and solicitation charges.

Austin Elliott19-year-old Austin R. Elliott was placed under arrest by deputies with the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department during the noon hour Thursday on a Dubois Circuit Court warrant charging him with a Class B felony count of child molesting and a Class D felony count of child solicitation.

Authorities were contacted in mid-March by family members of a girl younger than 14 with whom Elliott had allegedly had sexual contact with earlier that month. The ensuing investigation, which included the assistance of the Dubois County Department of Child Services, culminated with his arrest in Jasper.

Elliott was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.