VALPARAISO | Prosecutors believe at least one other boy may have been molested by a 21-year-old Valparaiso woman who made an initial court appearance Monday on charges of sexually abusing a 3-year-old Chesterton boy she was baby-sitting.
Deputy Prosecutor Cheryl Polarek said investigators have found a sexual image of at least one other boy among the videos and photographs believed to have been made by Tara Tryon.
Anyone whose children have come in contact with Tryon is encouraged to contact Indiana State Police.
Tryon pleaded not guilty Monday to six felony counts of child molesting and seven felony counts of child exploitation related to allegations spanning Oct. 17, 2008, to May 2. The exploitation charges stem from allegations of recording the alleged abuse.
The case came to light when an anonymous caller contacted LaPorte County authorities. Police said they were provided with 39 photos and two video recordings showing Tryon involved in various sex acts with the child.
Bond was set Monday at $50,000 surety and $10,000 cash for Tryon, who appeared in court wearing shackles and the green-and-white-striped garb of a maximum security jail inmate. She likely would need to come up with $15,000 to await trial out of jail.
Polarek had requested a much larger $200,000 cash bond, arguing Tryon is a flight risk and a significant danger to the community. She said Tryon was preparing to leave the area when she was arrested and is believed to be responsible for other molestations.
"We do believe there may be other victims out there," she said.
Tryon's attorney, Bob Harper, sought a $20,000 surety bond, saying his client has no criminal history and was preparing to go to the laundromat, not flee the area.
A trial was set for Feb. 27, with preliminary hearings Dec. 16 and Jan. 20.
Each of the five Class B felonies carry a potential sentence of between six and 20 years behind bars while the eight Class C felony convictions could result in two to eight years each.