According to the probabale cause affadavit, the girl decided to keep the journal after she watched an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in which a victim on the show was told to do the same thing.
“She stated that she did it hoping to one day be able to tell,” said Detective Nathan Schroer.
The teen apparently babysat for Popp’s fiancee. She later told police that she tried to tell both her mother and Popp’s fiancee about the alleged assaults, but she ‘didn’t think they believed her.’ The fiancee continued to have her over to baby sit.
Police say the teen approached a detective at the Evansville Police Department Monday and said she had been repeatedly sexually assaulted by a man she used to babysit for. During an interview, the teen stated that the abuse started in December 2009, when she was 14. At that time, she said Popp allegedly tried to fondle her underneath her clothing after she fell asleep on his couch. The teen said Popp threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
The girl gave Schroer a journal with 12 detailed entries. One of the entries was written in January 2010, right after she turned 15. She wrote that Popp told her she was now a woman and they could have sex. In another entry, written after the fourth alleged assault, the teen indicated that she told Popp’s fiancee that she didn’t want to be left alone with him. In the last entry, dated June 10, 2010, the teen wrote she “will be telling someone” and would never return to Popp’s home.
Police say Popp admitted to speaking to the victim in a “threatening tone” because he was afraid of being caught because she was underage.
On Friday, Popp was taken into custody on five counts of rape and 11 counts of criminal deviate conduct. Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann said his office intends to file two more charges – a criminal deviate conduct charge and a sexual battery charge.
Popp, who claims to be a semi-professional wrestler, is currently being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.
Brave girl, that one… and smart!Tags: babysitter, Charles J. Popp, Charles Popp, criminal deviate conduct, Evansville, Rape, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Battery