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Karl Wikstrom

A Miami County man was convicted on five counts of Child Molesting and one count of Child Solicitation by a jury in the Miami County Circuit Court today.

Karl A. Wikstrom Jr., 42, (last known address) 1069 North Lincoln Street, was taken from the courtroom by Miami County Sheriff’s Deputies after the jury of four women and eight men deliberated for nearly four hours and convicted him.

The jury sent in one question to the court during deliberations asking for a transcript of one of the victim’s testimony, but Miami County Circuit Court Judge Tim Spahr explained there was no typed transcript of testimony and reported he suggested notifying the jury that it was not unavailable. Prosecutor Bruce Embrey and Defense Attorney David Rosselot both agreed.

A short time later, the jury sent word to the court that they had completed their deliberations, and returned to the courtroom at 2:49 p.m.  Spahr began by admonishing the people in attendance in the courtroom to guard their reactions to the reading of the verdicts.

“I want to remind everyone in attendance today,” Spahr said, “that this court expects you to conduct yourselves with the utmost decorum.”

Spahr told the audience that he understood this case has been ongoing and highly emotional since August of 2012, and reported he could appreciate that one side or the other would be disappointed.

The verdicts were handed over to Spahr by jury foreman, #4269, a man in his early 50’s. The jury told Spahr the verdicts were unanimous.

Judge Spahr read each of seven counts individually, and reported the jury’s findings. Of the seven charges, the jury found Wikstrom to be guilty of six. The courtroom remained completely silent throughout the reading and there was no reaction from Wikstrom.

Karl Wikstrom is led to jail



Count #1: Child molesting- Class C Felony

“IC 35-42-4-3 (b): A person who, with a child under fourteen (14) years of age, performs or submits to any fondling or touching, of either the child or the older person, with intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the older person, commits child molesting, a Class C felony.”

Possible sentence:  2 – 8 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections.



Count #2: Child Solicitation- Class D Felony

“A person 18 years of age or older who knowingly or intentionally solicits a child under fourteen (14) years of age, or an individual the person believes to be a child under fourteen (14) years of age, to engage in: any fondling or touching intended to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the older person.”

Possible sentence: 6 mo. – 3 years in the IDOC.


Count #3: Child Molesting- Class A felony

Count #4: Child Molesting- Class A felony

Count #5: Child Molesting- Class A felony

Count #7: Child Molesting- Class A felony

“A person who, with a child under fourteen (14) years of age, performs or submits to sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct commits child molesting, a Class B felony. However, the offense is a Class A felony if:
        (1) it is committed by a person at least twenty-one (21) years of age.”

Possible sentence: 20 – 50 years in the IDOC.  (Note: each individual charge carries this sentence.)

The last charge, Count #6, Child Molesting, a Class A Felony, the jury found Wikstrom to be not guilty.

Miami County Prosecutor Bruce Embrey and his team, which included Deputy Prosecutor Peter Dietrich, and Indiana State Police Detective Joshua Rozzi, expressed their thanks to the jury prior to them being excused.

Judge Spahr set the sentencing hearing for Wikstrom on January 8, 2015 at 1 p.m. Wikstrom could receive 84.5 – 211 years in the IDOC.

Jurors heard from seven witnesses in total, including Wikstrom’s ex-wife, Leslie Wikstrom, who is currently incarcerated in the Rockville Women’s Prison after accepting a plea agreement relating to her participation in the molesting of these two children with Wikstrom.

Editor’s Note: While it is usually the policy of Peru Miami News to run a charging Probable Cause Affidavit from the investigating officer in it's entirety in our newspaper, this case involved the repeated sexual molestation of two young girls under the age of 14 over the course of two years.

The search warrant served at the Wikstrom’s home on August 10, 2012, when they were both arrested and charged in this case, netted more than 200 pornographic DVDs and Video Tapes, a coolers and a bag full of sexual reading materials and sexual paraphernalia, drugs, a computer, computer CDs, and two photo CDs.

The facts of the molestations, as outlined in the Probable Cause Affidavits,  are so sexually explicit and shocking to the senses that we are unwilling to print them in this case.


+2 #1 Ken Slater 2014-12-19 16:32
He'll get his just deserve here in about another month. The prison inmates don't take kindly to molesters.

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