UPDATE – Michael Nussbaumwas was found guilty on all eight counts of child molestation in Feb. 2017. He was sentenced to 90 years in prison in March 2017.
GREENCASTLE, Ind. (June 4, 2015)— A Greencastle man is accused of sexually molesting children who attended his wife’s in-home daycare operation, said police.
Police arrested Michael Nussbaum, 64, at his house Thursday morning on eight counts of child molesting.
“It’s a twisted story how it got to where it is right now. I’m innocent,”said Nussbaum. He spoke to us through a sheet of glass at the Putnam County Jail.
According to Indiana State Police, detectives began their investigation last year when they were contacted by Putnam County Department of Child Services. During the course of the investigation, detectives learned Nussbaum allegedly molested three female victims at or near his residence. The alleged acts occurred in 2006-2007, said police.
The three victims provided very detailed accounts of Nussbaum’s alleged actions, according to court documents.
“Big Mike molested her at four separate locations in or around Nussbaum’s residence on multiple occasions,” read court documents.
“I would beat the crap out of somebody if I caught them doing it. It’s wrong and you don’t harm a kid,” said Nussbaum.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Nussbaum molested one of the victims at least five times a week. Another victim told police that Nussbaum told her if she told anyone what he did to her, he would hurt her sister and her dog.
“It reads like a sex novel. It it is really off the wall,” said Nussbuam.
“When I grew up, every mom stayed at home with their kids and unfortunately in today’s world you can’t do that. Nowadays, people have to put their children in daycare and it’s a tough call,” said Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter.
Authorities said the victims were between the ages of four and seven and attended his wife’s non-licensed in-home daycare operation.
The arrest of Nussbaum was the result of of a Putnam County Grand Jury Indictment.
“Instead of me deciding what to file and showing it a judge, we let citizens in the county see the evidence,” said Bookwalter.
Police ask anyone who believes their children may have been a victim or if they have information related to the case to contact Detective Jeff Hearon at 765-653-4114.