Decatur County man facing rape, child molesting, and other charges

Thomas Dillan Collins. (Photo: Decatur County Detention Center)

(Decatur County, IN) – Preliminary rape, child molesting, and other charges have been filed against 27-year-old Thomas Dillan Collins following an incident that allegedly happened at a Decatur County residence last weekend.

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office says County Communications received a call late Sunday night around 11:28 from the Center of Hope at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis indicating a female juvenile was at the facility being examined as a possible child molestation victim, and that the crime allegedly took place in Decatur County.

Following an investigation, Collins was arrested on Monday on charges of Child Molesting (Level 1 felony); Rape (Level 3 felony); Incest (Level 4 felony); Criminal Confinement (Level 5 felony), and Intimidation (Level 6 felony).

Collins is lodged in the Decatur County Detention Center while awaiting his initial court appearance.

Sheriff Bill Meyerrose is thanking the following people and agencies that brought the investigation to a swift conclusion: Detective Jean Burkert, Chief Deputy Eric Blodgett, Cpl. Pat Richards, and deputies Billy Pruitt and Curt Harry with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office; Decatur County Communications; Department of Child Services; the staff at the Center of Hope at Riley Hospital for Children; the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana, and the Decatur County Prosecutor’s Office.