Update — Dunkle was sentenced to 2.5 years to be served in the Indiana Dept of Correction with 270 days executed, 61 days credit (122 days with good time). The remainder will be served on home detention.
(June 24, 2015) – A Frankfort man is accused of furnishing alcohol to three girls between ages nine to thirteen and exposing himself to them. He is also accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with one of the girls. It happened in December 2014 and January 2015 during a game of “truth or dare.”
According to a probable cause affidavit, Bradley Dunkle, 36, was in charge of babysitting his former girlfriend’s two daughters and their friend on several occasions while their mother was at work.
Dunkle served the girls plastic cups filled with vodka. He then convinced the girls to play “truth or dare” with him. During the game, Dunkle dared the girls to lift up their shirts and show him their breasts. The girls followed his order.
One of the girls dared Dunkle to pull down his pants, so Dunkle pulled down his pants and underwear, exposing himself to the girls.
Dunkle then dared two of the girls to kiss him, so they did.
On another occasion, Dunkle engaged in sexual intercourse with one of the girls.
The girls told their mother about the incident in March, and authorities began to investigate Dunkle.
He was arrested Saturday, June 20, on two charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, one charge of child seduction, and two charges of neglect of a dependent – all felony charges.
We spoke to child sex abuse advocates at Susie’s Place who say parents are overly focused on stranger danger and should pay closer attention to people they know.
“It is the people that we know and trust and that we let our guard down that are going to take advantage of that trust and those are the ones that tend to manipulate and abuse our children,” said Executive Director Emily Perry.
Last year, Susie’s Place reported 98% of the children they interviewed identified their abuser as someone they know.
The non-profit organization offers “Stewards of Children” classes to help parents prevent, identify signs, and deal with child sex abuse. For more information on how to get involved in one of those courses click here