Prosecutors drop charges against Madison County men accused of molesting children

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(June 27, 2016) -- The Madison County Prosecutor's Office dropped the charges against Edward Peavler and Ruben Gutierrez.

Prosecutors said they re-interviewed the alleged victims and became concerned with the "veracity of their statements." They dropped the charges after finding a number of inconsistencies in the case.


ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (March 31, 2016) – Two  Madison County men are accused of molesting three different children.

According to court documents, Edward A. Peavler, 66, and Ruben Gutierrez  molested a boy and two girls. The victims told detectives about the abuse during interviews conducted at Kids Talk Child Advocacy Center.

The boy said Peavler molested him and “told him he would kill him if he told police,” according to court documents.

A second victim said she was sleeping and woke up to find Peavler molesting her. The girl told investigators she witnessed Peavler assaulting a third victim.

One of the victims said Peavler would “tape their mouths, hands and feet.” In at least one instance, he taped a victim to a wall.

Peavler denied the allegations, according to court documents.

FOX59 spoke with Gutierrez from his Alexandria home and he also denied the allegations. He believes the children were coached to confess by a vindictive mother.

"Their mother put it in their head. I'm innocent," said Gutierrez.

Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings says he is skeptical of that claim because the children provided such specific details to investigators.

"We have to be suspicious of that because we hear that in cases, but there is so much detail from these children it is hard to imagine that any paent would coach a kid to say that," said Cummings.

Peavler declined to comment on his allegations.

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