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Woman pleads to taping molestation of local child at boyfriend's behest

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The Wanatah woman accused of molesting a Chesterton boy and videotaping the molestation--at the behest of her Liberty Township boyfriend--is facing 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of child molesting and one of child exploitation, the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said.

Tara D. Tryon, 22, was originally charged with five counts of Class B felony child molesting, a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20 years; a single count of Class C felony child molesting, punishable by a term of two to eight years; and seven counts of child exploitation, also a Class C felony.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Tryon would be sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Correction (DOC) on the child molesting charge, no time suspended; and to eight years on the child exploitation charge, no time suspended.

But the two terms would run concurrently, for an effective sentence of 10 years.

Tryon would also be required, under Indiana Code, to register as a sex offender and to submit to HIV testing.

She “acknowledges her status as a sexually violent predator,” according to the court documents.

In exchange for her plea, all other counts against Tryon would be dismissed.

Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, July 12, before Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa.

Tryon’s former boyfriend, Ryan Roy Schroeder, 27, is currently serving a 54-year sentence in the DOC, after he was found guilty late last year by jury of telling Tryon to molest a Chesterton boy whom she was baby-sitting and to tape the molestation.

The Indiana State Police began an 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 the boy 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 subsequently found on Schroeder’s external hard drive in his barracks in Florida, where he was stationed as a sailor in the U.S. Navy.



Posted 5/20/2013