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Mt. Vernon, Ill., man arrested for Sexual Misconduct with Indiana teen

Posted by on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 @ 11:27 am.

POSEY CO., Ind. – Indiana State Police are working a sex crimes case that has the “name game” going on between an Illinois and an Indiana city, both called “Mt. Vernon.”

Indiana State Police report that they had initiated a criminal investigation on June 19 after receiving information that a 55-year-old Illinois man allegedly had sexual relations with a female that was under the age of 16.

During the investigation, Indiana State Police Detective Wes Kuykendall revealed Jonathan Mericle, 55, of Mt. Vernon, Ill., made contact with the female through a dating website. After texting and sharing pictures, they met on June 14t at an undisclosed location in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, and allegedly had sexual relations.

After reviewing the investigation, the Posey County Prosecutor’s Office issued a felony warrant for Mericle’s arrest. Yesterday evening (Friday, August 23) at approximately 5:00 p.m., Mericle was arrested at his residence without incident by Mt. Vernon, Ill., Police Department. He is currently being held at the Jefferson County Jail in Illinois.

Arrested and Charges:

  • Jonathan E. Mericle, 55, Mt. Vernon, Illinois
  1. Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, Level 4 Felony
  2. Child Solicitation, Level 4 Felony

Investigating Officer: Detective Wes Kuykendall, Indiana State Police

Assisting Agencies: Mt. Vernon Police and Indiana Department of Child Services


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