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Marengo man arrested for child molestation

Marengo man arrested for child molestation
Marengo man arrested for child molestation
Michael L. Ransdell

During the evening hours Friday, investigators and troopers from the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg arrested a Marengo man for child molestation.

ISP Detective Chris Tucker launched an investigation in November after he was contacted by the Indiana Dept. of Child Services and learned of possible inappropriate or illegal conduct involving a minor. During the investigation, Tucker gained probable cause to believe sexual conduct occurred between Michael L. Ransdell, 68, and a child at an unspecified time during 2018. The alleged incident occurred at a New Salisbury residence.

As a result of the investigation, Tucker requested an arrest warrant for Ransdell on one count of child molestation, a Level Four felony.

On Friday evening, Trooper Ryne McMahel arrested Ransdell at his residence in Marengo.

After his arrest, Ransdell was transported and remanded into the custody of the Harrison County Jail in Corydon without incident.

Tucker was assisted by case workers with the Indiana Dept. of Child Services.

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