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Local woman inspired by Sandusky case to confront her abuser

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Calvin Wells, 62. Source: Evansville Police Department Calvin Wells, 62. Source: Evansville Police Department

The Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case may have helped put an alleged child molester behind bars.

Evansville Police have arrested 62-year-old Calvin "Don" Wells on multiple counts of child molesting after the victim came forward about the crimes that began in 1997 when she was just 13. 

Now, 15 years later they say the victim used the Sandusky sex abuse case to lure the suspect into allegedly admitting the abuse and she got the whole thing on tape.

Sidney Hardgrave at Holly's House says more victims of sexual abuse are coming forward after the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case at Penn State.

"We certainly have started to see more adults coming forward to report something that happened to them a number of years ago," Hardgrave said.

In June, Sandusky was convicted of molesting 10 boys over 15 years.

On Monday, Evansville Police say a victim here used the widely publicized case to start conversations with her alleged abuser. Then turned recordings of those conversations over to police.

"Hopefully it does help other victims who have held a secret for a long, long time. To feel that they can come forward, to have some faith that they will be believed, that they will be supported, that there is an opportunity for justice," Hardgrave said. 

Whether it be the day of or 15 years down the road, Holly's House says it's never too late to ask for help.

"The case itself is so tragic, but if there's a silver lining, it's that others can feel empowered and hopefully seek out the support and care that they didn't get prior," Hardgrave said.

Hardgrave encourages victims to come forward, but says it can sometime be traumatic for victims to confront their abusers.

"What I would advise is that they also do that in a setting where there will also be support when they do it," Hardgrave said.

Holly's House has helped more than 1,600 sexual abuse victims since it opened in 2007.

Wells is in the Vanderburgh County Jail Monday night charged with 16 counts of child molestation in the case.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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