Jasper Man Sentenced to 30 Years on Child Molestation Conviction

Jasper- On September 20, 2023, Michael L. Crockett (age 49) of Jasper was sentenced to 30 years at the Indiana Department of Correction after pleading guilty to the offense of Child Molestation, a Level 1 felony. 

This conviction is based on a complaint from a juvenile that Mr. Crockett engaged in sexual  conduct with a juvenile under the age of 14 years old for a period of approximately 5 years. Mr.  Crockett was arrested for this offense on July 6, 2023. 

Given the nature of the offense, Mr. Crockett was deemed to be a “Credit Restricted Felon”  under Indiana Law. This means that he will only receive 1 day of good time credit for every 6 days of  imprisonment, which means he will have to serve approximately 25 actual years in prison of his 30 year  sentence. He also will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.  

Dubois County Prosecutor Beth Schroeder would like to give credit to several individuals and  agencies who assisted in swiftly securing this conviction and lengthy prison sentence. She commends  Detective Josh Greener and the Jasper Police Department for their thorough investigation, and Deputy Prosecutor Dan Wilkinson who prosecuted the case. 

“The Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office always has two top priorities: 1) to ensure that victims’ rights are protected, and 2) that the safety of the community is at the forefront of all our decisions. I  believe we met both of those objectives in this case. I appreciate the hard work and dedication of everyone involved.”