(BLOOMFIELD) - Opening statements began Tuesday morning in the trial of convicted sex offender Randall Vandeventer, who is charged with six counts of child molestation linked to the Switz City daycare center he once owned.
50-year-old Vandeventer, whose listed address is a post office box in Bloomington, faces six counts of child molesting all stemming from allegations of molestation and abuse of young children who attended his former business, Switz City's Tiny Town Daycare.
Vandeventer, the former chaplain of Greene County General Hospital, is already a convicted sex offender serving a prison sentence at New Castle Correctional Facility.
He was convicted Aug. 3 by an eight-member jury that took only 40 minutes to convict Vandeventer of child seduction, a class D felony. Jurors found Vandeventer guilty of touching and fondling a 17-year-old male.
He was sentenced Sept. 20 by Greene Superior Court Judge Dena Martin to 1.5 years, the state legislature's advisory sentence.
The jury; a six-man, eight-woman panel and two alternates; were seated shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Monday.
Presenting the case for the state is Deputy Prosecutor Keven McIntosh and defense counsel is Luther Garcia.
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