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Woman sentenced to 10 years for molesting Chesterton boy

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The Wanatah woman who has admitted molesting a Chesterton boy and videotaping the molestation--at the behest of her Liberty Township boyfriend--has been sentenced to 10 years in the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC).

Tara D. Tryon, 22, was originally charged with five counts of Class B felony child molesting, punishable by a term of six to 20 years; a single count of Class C felony child molesting, punishable by a term of two to eight years; and seven counts of child exploitation, also a Class C felony.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Tryon pleaded guilty to a single count of Class B child molesting and was sentenced on Friday to 10 years on that count, no time suspended; and she pleaded guilty to a single count of child exploitation and was sentenced to eight years on that count, no time suspended.

But the agreement provides for the two terms to run concurrently, for an effective sentence of 10 years.

The remaining counts were dismissed.

Tryon is also required to register as a sex offender and to submit to HIV testing and she acknowledges her status “as a sexually violent predator,” under Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa’s sentencing order.

Tryon’s former boyfriend, Ryan Roy Schroeder, 27, is currently serving a 54-year sentence in the DOC, after he was found guilty late last year by jury of telling Tryon to molest a Chesterton boy whom she was baby-sitting and to tape the molestation.

The Indiana State Police began an investigation in October 2011, when investigators came into possession of 39 images and two videos of a woman later identified as Tryon.

According to the ISP, Tryon and Schroeder started dating in January 2010 after meeting at a Chesterton restaurant and at some point thereafter Schroeder “pressured” Tryon to take pictures of the boy she was baby-sitting. Schroeder “wanted her to begin with the boy as he was younger and wouldn’t talk, the ISP said. “He would specifically state what he wanted to see (Tryon) do.”

Multiple images of child pornography were subsequently found on Schroeder’s external hard drive in his barracks in Florida, where he was stationed as a sailor in the U.S. Navy.


Posted 7/15/2013







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