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Friday, October 13, 2017 1:00 am

Sexual misconduct charges filed

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

On the morning of May 12, confronted with allegations that he had sexually molested a young girl for four years, Jason T. Cannon, 46, denied them and then became upset.

Cannon, of the 3700 block of Nevada Avenue, went to his bedroom and got his black-and-silver Taurus Millennium PT111 handgun and cocked it, making threats to harm himself, according to court documents.

Cannon ran from the rear of the house, talking on his cellphone, and police were called. Later, a SWAT team and crisis response team were brought to the scene, where Cannon was eventually detained and taken to a hospital for an evaluation.

During an interview at the Dr. Bill Lewis Center for Children later that day, the 16-year-old girl said that the sexual abuse started four years earlier and had occurred twice a week since, court documents said.

The girl said Cannon threatened to ruin her life if she told her mother and that he would use information against her that he'd stored on a flash drive and in text messages he had on his cellphone. Through his cellphone, Cannon was able to track the victim's cellphone, the girl's mother confirmed.

The girl described the sex acts Cannon performed on her and said Cannon would use a condom.

Cannon made excuses two times when the sexual activity was nearly discovered, court documents said.

Cannon tracked the girl through surveillance cameras, documents said, and police found a series of text messages asking the victim to confess to different types of behavior and actions, text messages saying Cannon had pinged the girl's location and multiple web-browsing histories where he researched the victim.

Images of the victim were found on memory cards, some of them showing Cannon and the young girl together, as well as some nude images the girl was unaware of, court documents said.

A court petition filed in Allen Superior Court from the Allen County prosecutor's office asked for an elevated bail effective July 10, indicating that Cannon was no longer employed at Sweetwater Sound and had moved to Indianapolis.

A warrant for his arrest was issued, and he was charged Thursday with four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, four counts of child seduction, one count of child exploitation, one count of voyeurism and one count of possession of child pornography.

His bond is $175,000, according to a jail spokesman.

jduffy@jg.net