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Kokomo man arrested for sexual misconduct with minor

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com

A possible burglary in progress call led to the arrest of a Kokomo man for burglary and sexual misconduct with a minor.

According to a Miami County Sheriff’s Department probable cause affidavit, Deputy Chet Sites responded to the call on July 29 at approximately 10:08 p.m. in the area of 10000 South U.S. 31 where he arrived at a vacant mobile home.

The residence had front and rear entry doors, to which Sites proceeded to the front door while Deputy Nathan Freeman went around back.

“While standing at the front door I observed two individuals run through the living room towards the rear of the residence,” stated the affidavit.

Moments later, Freeman informed Sites he had caught two individuals at the rear of the residence.

The male was identified as Keith Hall, 20, Kokomo and an unidentified 14-year-old female.

Hall was placed in Sites’ police vehicle and read his Miranda Rights, at which time he waived his rights and agreed to speak with Sites, according to the affidavit.

During Hall’s statement, he reportedly admitted to being in the residence with the juvenile female where they were committing inappropriate acts with one another.

“He stated the female juvenile, age 14, has been to his residence on two occasions ‘in the last month,’” Sites reported in his affidavit.

During this occurrence, Hall claimed to have used a master key which had been given to him by a cousin to get inside of the residence.

According to the affidavit, Hall confirmed he knew he did not belong in the residence and it was wrong for him to enter.

Hall believed the residence would be vacant at which time he went into the home with the female.

“They weren’t there to steal anything,” Miami County Sheriff Tim Miller said. “The burglary is because he entered the dwelling with intent to commit a felony.”

Following Hall’s sworn audio and video statement, he was arrested and transported to the Miami County Jail on charges of level 4 felony burglary, and level 5 felony sexual misconduct with a minor. He remains incarcerated with a $30,000 bond.