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Man sent to prison for relationship with minor


December 21, 2011
A Crawford County man who was convicted in a jury trial on two felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor was sentenced last week in Crawford County Circuit Court.

In a hearing Dec. 16, Dennis L. Vermillion, 50, of English, was sentenced to eight years on each charge, with three years suspended and five years to serve on each charge, and six years of probation. The sentences will run consecutive (one after the other).

Vermillion was arrested and charged after a 2009 incident that involved a 14-year-old Crawford County girl. The next day the girl reported the incident to school officials and Indiana State Police detectives were notified. After an investigation, Vermillion was arrested and charged with the two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.

On Oct. 26, 2011, a jury trial was held in Crawford Circuit County and, the following day, jurors found Vermillion guilty on both Class C felony charges.

At the sentencing hearing on Friday, defense attorney Brian Chastain called some members of Vermillion's family to testify on his behalf and Crawford County Prosecutor Cheryl Hillenburg called several teenage girls to testify for the prosecution. Two Indiana State Police detectives were also called to the stand for the prosecution.

Judge Lynn Lopp listened to all testimony then recessed the hearing for about 15 minutes before returning with his decision on the sentencing.

Lopp said that he considered the risk that Vermillion would commit another crime — and the age of the victims and the "testimony heard here today" — and that Vermillion's prior criminal history and the severe nature of the crimes, led to his sentencing decisions.

"Mr. Vermillion developed a relationship that put him in a position of trust," Lopp said. "This showed a pattern of activity that lead to 'grooming.' He developed trust, and alcohol and cigarettes were used in the grooming.

"This sentence will create a hardship on his family," Lopp continued. "He has a wife and young child. But, in this case, what was taken from the victims can never be replaced."

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