man charged with 4 counts of
Wanda English Burnett
An initial hearing was held for John R. Tunny, 47, of Batesville,
last week in Ripley County Circuit Court on four counts of Child
Police came about this information in a strange way after Tunny
went to Margaret Mary Community Hospital on January 31, 2011,
and requested to be treated for depression. He then disclosed
that he was depressed because he had been molesting (the victim).
That information and more was revealed in a Probable Cause Affidavit
filed March 16 in Ripley County Circuit Court.
Tunny told hospital workers that he had been engaging in sexually
abusing this child for the past three years. He also stated,
but, there was no penetration.
The alleged perpetrator said the sexual contact took place in
different areas of the house. Tunny said he felt the urge
to touch (the victim) and then, one thing led to another.
When asked how often this had occurred over the past three years,
Tunny said, there might have been time I done it twice a
month, but most of the time it was once a month.
The victim told a different story saying that Tunny had actual
sexual intercourse with the victim. Also, the frequency of occurrence
from the victims perspective was two times a week, sometimes
one to three times per month over the years.
Tunny faces four Class A Felonies for the alleged molestation.
His bail was set at $100,000, meaning he could be released on
a $10,000 cash bond. If convicted he could face up to 200 years
behind bars. The minimum is 20 years per count for each charge
depending on whether it is sentenced consecutively or concurrently.
An Omnibus hearing was set for May 31 with a jury trial scheduled
for September 6.
Tunny is being represented by attorney Jeffrey Sharp.