WINCHESTER, Ind. – A Muncie sex offender has been accused of persuading three children to get into his SUV.
Kevin Scott Jameson, 38, is indicted in Randolph Circuit Court on three counts of attempted kidnapping, a Level 5 misdemeanor punishable by up to six years in prison.
On July 9, according to court documents, Jameson approached three children — ages 10, 9 and 8 — who were riding bicycles in Saratoga, a small town in Randolph County about eight miles northeast of Winchester.
A Randolph County deputy reported that Jameson had told the children he was a police officer and asked if they wanted to drive his “police car” – a black SUV with front damage.
The Muncie man reportedly focused most of his comments on the 10-year-old girl, the document said, inviting the children into his vehicle to watch what he intended to be crime videos.
The children did not accept his invitation, but cycled to their grandmother’s house and told her about the incident. Then she contacted the sheriff.
Another Saratoga resident reported seeing a stranger driving a black SUV and putting trash in her trash can.
Two of the items thrown in the trash — a prescription bottle and a “letter from jail” — had Jameson’s name on them, the deputy said.
In June 2015, Jameson – then from Lafayette – was arrested in Carroll County after trying to persuade an 11-year-old girl to get into his jeep.
In March 2020, he pleaded guilty to a related count of attempted kidnapping in Carroll Circuit Court. After serving a prison sentence in that case, his probation was transferred to Delaware County.
Jameson’s criminal record also includes a child lure conviction – in Tippecanoe County in 2008 – along with convictions for possession of cocaine or a narcotics drug and robbery.
A convicted sex offender, Jameson must register for the rest of his life with the authorities in the communities where he lives and works. His Muncie address is the 1200 block of South Franklin Street.
The Muncie man was arrested Friday. While his bail is set at $16,000 on the Randolph County indictment, Randolph County Prosecutor David Daly has requested that he be held without bail for 15 days.
Douglas Walker is a news reporter for The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at [email protected].
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