Judge dismisses charges in daycare child molesting case

Judge dismisses charges in daycare child molesting case

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - A judge has dismissed charged after the prosecutor filed a motion to do so in the case of an Evansville man who worked at a now-closed home daycare.

A representative of the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office told us the motion is to dismiss without prejudice, meaning charges could be filed again in the future.

Gregory Johnston was arrested in February. He was charged with six felony counts, including child molesting, and released on a $15,000 bond.

Gregory Johnston (Source: Vanderburgh Co. Jail)
Gregory Johnston (Source: Vanderburgh Co. Jail)

Records show his wife owned Lil’ Piggies Daycare, which closed around the time of the arrest.

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“Upon recommendation of the therapists and community partners involved in this case, the decision was made to delay prosecution. The State of Indiana was forced to dismiss the case without prejudice in hopes of re-filing charges in the future. The ultimate goal of our office is to hold any criminal wrong-doer to justice, however, the health and well-being of our victim is of the utmost important and must take priority," said Director of Media Relations Jessica Powers.

The arrest affidavit is extremely graphic.

It explains that a young boy was interviewed at Holly’s House, leading to the arrest.

The affidavit says Johnston had access to the child because of the daycare.

This case is gaining national attention, as well. A video the child’s mother posted to Facebook has been shared tens of thousands of times, including by some social media influencers and celebrities.

We’ve chosen to blur the video to help protect the child’s identity.

However, in that video, she says “I’m going to fight this until the death of me and I mean that with every breath in my body,” and “at the end of the day, my child has to live with this.”

According to police documents, the alleged young victim in the case involving Gregory Johnston gave a statement at Holly’s House.

“It’s difficult because sometimes kiddos use different words than what we would use, but it’s really their story and they get to tell it however they want to,” says Holly’s House Executive Director Holly Edmond.

But that is where it stops for the staff at Holly’s House.

“We do not perform any investigation. We simply get the child’s statement, it’s recorded, and those DVD’s are given to law enforcement and department of child services,” says Edmond.

No timeline has been given as for when the prosecutor’s office could re-file those charges.

No more hearings are scheduled, and Johnston’s bond has been released.

Prosecutor files motion to dismiss charges in daycare child molesting case

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