Jasonville Man Accused Of Child Molestation And Rape

(JASONVILLE) – A Jasonville man was arrested last week after he was caught on video molesting and raping a 12-year-old girl.

Zachery Earl Passen
Zachery Earl Passen

41-year-old Zachery Earl Passen, of Jasonville, was arrested Thursday, July 23 by Jasonville Police Chief Ryan Van Horn.

Passen is facing two counts of child molesting and a count of rape when compelled by force or imminent threat of force. He is being held in the Greene County Jail on a $95,000 surety bond with ten percent cash allowed.

Passen was arrested after police were called to a home in Jasonville after a request to speak to an officer.

When police arrived they found Passen and two women standing in the front yard. The two women advised police a sexual encounter had occurred between Passen and a 12-year-old child earlier that morning around 5 a.m. at Passen’s residence on Sycamore Street in Jasonville.

Sheriff Van Horn said that without any prompting, Passen admitted to the crime saying he “did it.”

Police say the sexual incident had taken place in the living room of Passen’s home. In the home, Passen had a surveillance system set with a camera in the living room, and the incident was captured on video.

Around Noon that same day, police executed a search warrant at Passen’s residence. Evidence was gathered at the home along with the video which captured the entire incident.

A forensic interview of the alleged victim was conducted at Susie’s Place in Bloomington and according to a probable cause affidavit, the child described what occurred in detail.

The incident involved Passen having oral sex and intercourse with the child. Passen removed the child’s clothing and when the child tried putting the clothing back on, he pulled the clothing back off, and that girl told him repeatedly to stop but he didn’t.