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Sexual offender draws 20 years

Offering no explanation or apology after hearing tearful victim impact statements, a convicted sex offender seemed only concerned about how many years he thought he was spending in prison.

Robert Carney, 41, pleaded guilty in May to two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, admitting to having sex with a young girl, now 18, beginning five years ago. The girl is known to the defendant.

Prosecutors originally charged Carney with three counts of child molesting, four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and three counts of child seduction. In exchange for his guilty plea, the additional charges were dismissed.

Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck sentenced Carney to 15 years on each charge, but suspended five years. He ordered the sentences served one after another, for a total of 20 years, followed by five years’ probation.

When asked whether he wanted to speak, Carney said, “No, sir.” But when the sentence was handed down, Carney seemed concerned that it may be more than the 10 years total he was counting on. Surbeck reminded Carney that he could see his sentence cut in half, down to 10 years, with good-time jail credit.

Sexual predator handed 19 years

Repeat sex offender Daniel Taylor, 29, was sentenced to 19 years in prison Monday in Allen Superior Court.

Taylor, of Fort Wayne, was charged in March with four counts of child molesting and being a repeat sex offender, as well as a separate case, filed in February, accusing him of failing to register.

Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck sentenced Taylor to 15 years in prison on the child molesting charge and an additional four years in the failure-to-register case. The sentences must be served one after another.

In May, he pleaded guilty to an additional, newly filed charge of child molesting, a Class B felony punishable by six to 20 years in prison. Under terms of a plea agreement, the additional charges in that case will be dismissed, and any prison sentence will be served after he serves a four-year prison sentence in the failure to register case, court records said.

The charges allege Taylor molested a girl between April 2009 and March 2010, inappropriately touching her several times and forcing her to have sex.

In October 2004, Taylor was arrested on charges of rape and sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old girl. In January 2006, a jury convicted him of sexual misconduct with a minor but acquitted him of rape. He was sentenced to probation and required to register as a sex offender, according to court documents. Several months later, he was accused of violating his probation by having contact with a child younger than 16 and failing to complete other requirements.

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