Capitol police officer arrested in molestation case

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JOHNSON COUNTY – Authorities arrested a capitol police officer accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old child.

Scott Litten, 43, Anderson was arrested Sunday and preliminarily charged with child molesting, a class A felony.

Deputies were called to a home in Johnson County on Sunday morning. Detectives said two adults contacted them because they wanted to report an incident between Litten and an 11-year-old girl during a family gathering. Authorities said the girl told them Litten kissed and fondled her in the swimming pool on Saturday night. Fox 59 learned Litten knew the victim, but she does not live at the home.

Litten was bailed out of the Johnson County jail on Monday. He’s been a capitol police officer since 2002. His job requires him to patrol state property. Indiana State Police confirmed Litten was placed on paid administrative leave. Fox 59 learned, once there is an initial hearing and formal charges are filed, Litten’s status will change to unpaid administrative leave.

Julie Pottorff lives in the neighborhood where the alleged crime happened. She was not at the family gathering nor does she recognize Litten.

“I couldn’t imagine, I mean, all that she’s going to have to deal with and go through,” Pottorff said.

Pottorff said she is shocked by the accusation.

“It leaves you kind of speechless because you hate for something like that to happen. You don’t think about it so close to home, and such a little girl that she’s going to have so much to deal with now,” Pottorff said.

Fox 59 checked with a Johnson County clerk and an initial hearing has not been scheduled.