by Shaun Tilghman
Deanna Niccum, 42, North Manchester, was arrested Monday, Feb. 17, on a warrant citing three alleged criminal offenses, including: Attempted Child Exploitation, a class C felony; Attempted Vicarious Sexual Gratification, a class D felony; and Child Solicitation, a class D felony.
The arrest resulted from an investigation that began after one victim’s parents alerted the North Manchester Police Department of an incident that occurred earlier this month between Niccum and their child, according to the case summary.
Officers from the NMPD took the next step by contacting the Department of Child Services, as well as Wabash County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Michaud. On Feb. 14, following the determination of probable cause, Information and Affidavits of Probable Cause were filed, an arrest warrant was ordered, and bond was set at $12,500 surety / $250 cash.
The Wabash County Sheriff’s Department filed a Return of Warrant on Tuesday, Feb. 18, which indicated that NMPD officers had arrested Niccum at 1:24 p.m. the previous day. The initial hearing was also held on Feb. 18, during which time Niccum entered a preliminary plea of not guilty.
Stefan Poling, of Roll Harter & Poling in Huntington, is representing the Defendant (Niccum), while Wabash County Prosecutor William Hartley Jr. is representing the Plaintiff (State of Indiana) in the Wabash Circuit Court case presided over by The Honorable Robert McCallen III.
Judge McCallen III then set the following: omnibus date is April 18, 2014; pretrial conference is June 2, 2014, at 1 p.m.; jury trial is June 24 and 25, 2014, at 9 a.m. Niccum and her counsel are also to appear June 24 at 8:30 a.m. in order to address preliminary matters.
On Friday, the court approved a Motion to Transfer, filed by the Sheriff due to overflow, and Niccum was subsequently transferred from Wabash County Jail to Miami County Jail.