Charges dropped following request

Three Class A felony charges of child molesting against a 41-year-old Jackson County man have been dismissed.

Timothy Ray Poore of Seymour was arrested in December and was charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl. Those charges stemmed from a complaint filed by a woman last August. That woman told police Poore had sexually assaulted the children between May 2009 and December 2013.

Poore had been scheduled to stand trial June 16 in Jackson Circuit Court, but the jury trial was canceled May 13 after Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter approved the state’s request to dismiss the charges.

Jackson County Prosecutor AmyMarie Travis confirmed Monday that her office had asked for the case, investigated by Seymour Officer Devlin McMindes, to be dismissed without prejudice, which means the case could be refiled at a later date.

Poore’s attorney, Brad Johnson of Seymour, said in his opinion, the case should never have been filed in part because of a lack of any physical evidence.

“I believe the state did the right thing by dismissing,” he said.

Johnson said he believes Poore is a good person, and the dismissal will begin the process of helping his client “right his ship.”

Poore also had faced two additional charges of incest, a Class B felony, and intimidation, a Class D felony. Those charges also were dismissed.

A Class A felony is punishable by 20 to 50 years in prison, while a Class B felony is punishable by six to 20 years in prison.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.