Police: Stalking complaint led to Indy man’s child molestation arrest

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Above: Justin Mahan

GREENWOOD (Dec. 18, 2013) – Greenwood police say an Indianapolis man’s controlling ways led to his arrest in a child molestation case.

On Tuesday, police arrested 28-year-old Justin Mahan. The arrest followed a month-long investigation after his ex-girlfriend filed a harassment report in November. The woman told police she’d broken off her relationship with Mahan although he seemed to always know exactly where she was. The two had dated for three months, the woman said.

The woman told police she thought he’d installed tracking software on her smartphone that allowed him to find out her location and read her text messages. The woman noted several occasions in which Mahan knew her whereabouts and the contents of text messages even though she was no longer talking to him.

A forensic analysis by police showed tracking software had been installed on her phone. Investigators said Mahan installed it before they’d broken up.

Two days after the woman filed the harassment report, Mahan was arrested outside her Greenwood apartment. He was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant, and police seized his cell phone. On Dec. 9, Greenwood detectives obtained a search warrant for the phone to look for evidence in the stalking/harassment case.

But investigators found something they didn’t expect—explicit pictures of child pornography. Further investigation showed there were 14 images of Mahan engaging in sex acts with his ex-girlfriend’s 5-year-old daughter, police said.

Mahan fled to Jasper, Ind., but police caught him with help from the U.S. Marshal’s Service. He was arrested without incident.

Charges against him include:

  • One count of Child Molesting (Class A Felony)
  • Five counts of Child Molesting (Class C Felony)
  • Fourteen counts of Child Exploitation (Class C Felony)
  • Computer Tampering (Class D Felony)
  • One count of Stalking (Class D Felony)