The Liberty Township man convicted late last year of telling his girlfriend
to molest a Chesterton boy and then record the molestation has been
sentenced to 54 years in the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC).
On Monday, Ryan Roy Schroeder, 27, was sentenced, so to speak, in three
•Schroeder was sentenced to 45 years on each of five counts of aiding in
child molesting, a Class A felony punishable by a term of 20 to 50 years.
Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper ordered Schroeder to serve those five
•Schroeder was sentenced as well to six years on each of eight counts of
aiding in child exploitation, a Class C felony punishable by a term of two
to eight years. He is to serve those eight terms concurrently.
•In addition, Schroeder was sentenced to three years on each of seven counts
of possession of child pornography, to three years on a single count of
theft, and to two years on each of two counts of aiding in voyeurism. He is
likewise to serve those 10 counts concurrently.
But Harper also ordered Schroeder to serve those three “batches”
consecutively, meaning that after serving the 45 year-term, he will then
serve the six-year term, and then finally the three-year term, for a total
of 54 years in prison.
Although DOC inmates are typically eligible for release after serving
one-half of their sentences, because Harper found Schroeder to be a
“credit-restricted felon,” he must serve at least 85 percent of the 45-year
term to which he was sentenced for aiding in child molesting.
Schroeder is entitled to credit for 378 days already served in the Porter
County Jail pending the disposition of his case.
In her sentencing order, Harper made note of five aggravating factors:
•The “effect upon the victim’s family.” The mother of the Chesterton boy,
Harper wrote, “was significantly mentally damaged and indicated that will
remain with her forever.”
•The “tender age of the children.”
•Schroeder’s criminal history, although Harper added that “This is a minor
•The “position of trust that Mr. Schroeder’s accomplice, Tara Tryon, held
with the victims and their families.” Schroeder specifically “encouraged the
creation of the baby-sitting relationship for purposes of obtaining access
to the children,” Harper wrote in her order.
•The “position of trust that Adrienne Holly Harris” held with the young
child whom she similarly photographed at Schroeder’s behest.
•Schroeder “had ample time to reflect upon the serious and wrongful nature
of this conduct, yet continued to repeat it,” Harper wrote. “In fact, the
conduct was the result of a complicated scheme set in motion by (Schroeder)
as part of his plan to obtain the library of child pornography found in his
Meanwhile, Schroeder’s accomplice, Tara Tryon, 22, of Wanatah—who testified
against him at trial—is herself facing five counts of child molesting in
Porter Superior Court. The Indiana State Police began its investigation in
October 2011, when investigators came into possession of 39 images and two
videos of a woman later identified as Tryon.
According to the ISP, Tryon and Schroeder started dating in January 2010
after meeting at a Chesterton restaurant and at some point thereafter
Schroeder “pressured” Tryon to take pictures of a Chesterton boy whom she
was baby-sitting. Schroeder “wanted her to begin with the boy as he was
younger and wouldn’t talk,” the ISP said. “He would specifically state what
he wanted to see (Tryon) do.”
Multiple images of child pornography were found on Schroeder’s external hard
drive in his barracks in Florida, where he was stationed as a sailor in the
Another sailor, stationed in Virginia, Adriane Holley Harris, also testified
at trial that she recorded nude images of a young girl and texted those
images to Schroeder at his behest. Harris, who met Schroeder at basic
training at Great Lakes, Ill., is now serving a 25-year term in federal