Molest leads to 22-year sentence

A Jackson County man recently received a 22-year prison term after pleading guilty to one count of child molesting in Jackson Circuit Court.

Eddie L. Cantu, 45, of Seymour received that sentence on a Class A felony conviction from Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter. None of the sentence was suspended.

Cantu was arrested in December 2014 by Seymour police and had faced three Class A felony charges of child molesting involving sexual intercourse or deviate sex with a person under the age of 14 and two Class C felony counts of child molesting. The state agreed to dismiss the other charges as part of the plea agreement.

The investigation that led to Cantu’s arrest began in December 2014 when a woman reported she had been molested several times by Cantu from the time she was 5 until she was 13, according to the probable cause affidavit signed by Seymour Detective Troy Munson.

The state also has agreed to dismiss three additional Class A felony counts of child molesting in a separate case involving a different victim pending in Jackson Circuit Court.

Cantu also received a four-year prison term after pleading guilty to battery against a disabled person in a third case. Poynter suspended two years of that sentence on the Level 5 felony, and the state agreed to dismiss a second charge of battery on a person less than 14 years of age causing injury.

That sentence will be served before the 22-year term on the child molest-ing conviction.

Poynter gave Cantu 280 days credit time and 93.33 days of good time credit in the battery case.

Cantu also was ordered not to have any direct or indirect contact with the victims in either case and to register as a sexual offender.

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