Valparaiso, IN – Tara Dawn Tryon, 21, of Wanatah, Indiana has been charged based on allegations she photographed and videotaped herself molesting a 3-year-old boy she was hired to babysit.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Det. Sgt. Rick Strong of the Indiana State Police, LaPorte County Sheriff’s Police received a call from an anonymous caller who reported receiving – via email – photos and video “of a woman engaging in the sexual molestation of a young male child.” The caller identified the woman in the photos as Tryon. The affidavit also says that the caller stated that she also reported the abuse allegation to the Department of Social Services’ hotline.
Strong was provided a memory card with the photos and video. “Throughout the 39 images and two videos, Tara Tryon is seen committing numerous acts of deviate sexual conduct” on the boy and the boy “performing acts of deviate sexual conduct on Tara, in addition to acts of fondling.” The acts were committed “on or between” Oct. 18, 2008, and May 2, 2011, Strong stated.
The parents of the toddler were then called in to confirm that Tryon babysat their child in their home and to verify that the images and video were captured in their home in the boy’s bedroom.
Tryon is charged with thirteen felonies in all: five counts of child molesting – a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20 years; one count of child molesting – a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years; and seven counts of child exploitation – also a Class C felony.
Deputy Prosecutor Cheryl Polarek said investigators found a sexual image of at least one other boy among the videos and photographs believed to have been made by Tryon.
“We do believe there may be other victims out there,” Polarek said.
Because of this, prosecutors are urging anyone whose children have come in contact with Tryon to contact Indiana State Police.
At Tryon’s bail hearing, Polarek requested a $200,000 cash bond, arguing Tryon is a flight risk and a significant danger to the community. She said Tryon was preparing to leave the area when she was arrested. Polarek also said the fact that Tryon is believed to be responsible for other molestations is an aggravating factor. Tryon’s attorney responded by saying his client has no criminal history and was, in fact, preparing to go to the laundromat when she was arrested – not flee the area. Well, of course!
Bond was set Monday at $50,000 surety and $10,000 cash for Tryon. This means that, if Tryon can come up with $15,000, she gets to roam the same streets that you do.Tags: babysitter, child exploitation, Child Molestation, Indiana, Tara Tryon