Female child is molested by 30-year-old Orleans man

BEDFORD – The Bedford Police Department received a report on December 21, 2021, of child abuse and neglect from the Indiana Department of Child Services, when a female child reported 30-year-old Derrick Wheeler made her feel uncomfortable when he touched different parts of her body inappropriately.

The child participated in a forensic interview at Susie’s Place, a child advocacy center in Bloomington.

The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Wheeler’s arrest.

Wheeler was arrested on charges of child molestation, child solicitation, possession of a firearm, two warrants for a petition to revoke, and a warrant for failure to appear.