COLUMBIA CITY — A 34-year-old man with addresses in both Churubusco and Allen County was sentenced Whitley Circuit Court to 65 years in prison for molesting a young girl and filming the molestation, which took place at a rental house at Blue Lake.
Kissinger was sentenced to 35 years each for three Class A child molesting felonies and 10 years each on eight C felonies of of child molesting and child exploitation. Judge James Heuer ordered all sentences to run concurrently and added a 30-year habitual offender enhancement to the sentence, noting that the total 65 years was to be served in its entirety. Kissinger had two prior felonies including theft in 2002 and a forgery conviction in 2004.
The child exploitation convictions are the result of videos or digital images taken at different times between June 2013 and May 2014 that show Kissinger engaging in sexual acts with a child who was 5 years old in 2013 and 6 years old the following year.
Kissinger’s wife, Jessica Kissinger, was sentenced to 14 years total after pleading guilty to three Class B child molesting felonies.
Jessica Kissinger, 20, took part in the molestations and filming of the same young victim — a child who was left in the care of the Kissingers — at a Churubusco home near Blue Lake on three different occasions in 2013 and 2014, and was arrested in June 2015 along with her husband.
Prosecuting attorney Matt Rentschler said it was an impactful case and he was sickened by having to view films of the molestations.
“I have not seen anything more despicable in my life and I will see those images for the rest of my life,” Rentschler said. “More importantly, the damage to the young (victim) will be with her the rest of her life.”
Kissinger was apprehended after he loaned a thumb drive to an individual, thinking the device was empty. The individual noticed videos on the device and after playing them, became aware of the illegal nature of the activities and reported it to police.
As officers escorted Kissinger out of the courtroom, he looked at his mother, who was sitting in the courtroom, and mouthed, “I love you.”