Garrett man arrested after allegedly being involved sexually with several minor children

GARRETT – Detectives with the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne Post arrested Tyler Hanna, 30, of Garrett yesterday afternoon on multiple felony charges related to allegations of involved sexual misconduct with several minor children.  

This past Monday, April 24, 2022, the DeKalb County Prosecutor contacted ISP detectives to follow up on an existing investigation that had been initiated by the Garrett Police Department on April 7, 2022. The initial complaint alleged that 30-year-old Tyler Hanna had allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with several minor female children (then ages 8, 12, 15, and 16) that were under his care, over a three-year period beginning back in May 2019.

Over the course of the last three days, detectives have preliminarily gathered enough detailed information to establish probable cause for the arrest of Hanna as related to the criminal allegations lodged against him. 

Subsequent to an interview at the Auburn Police Department, Hanna was taken into custody yesterday without incident.  He was transported to the DeKalb County jail and booked into custody, where he will remain held pending a court appearance on the following preliminary criminal charges of two counts of child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor, child seduction, child exploitation.

ISP detectives were assisted in this investigation thus far, by Auburn Police Department detectives, Garrett Police Department, DeKalb County Prosecutor’s Office, DeKalb County Department of Child Services (DCS), the Dr. Bill Lewis Child Advocacy Center, and the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center.

This remains an active criminal investigation.  At this time there is no further information to be released.