IN Supreme Court: Galveston man sentenced for child solicitation to stay in prison

Booking photo shows 23-year-old Kyle Bess. Bess was sentenced to three years in prison for soliciting a lap dance from a 14-year-old girl. (Provided Photo/Cass County Jail)
Booking photo shows 23-year-old Kyle Bess. Bess was sentenced to three years in prison for soliciting a lap dance from a 14-year-old girl. (Provided Photo/Cass County Jail)

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — The Indiana Supreme Court overturned the ruling of the Indiana Court of Appeals to allow a Galveston man incarcerated on child solicitation charges to serve the remainder of his sentence on supervised probation.

In September of last year, 23-year-old Kyle Bess was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to child solicitation charges. Court documents say Bess solicited a lap dance from a 14-year-old girl in 2015.

In June of this year, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Bess be released from prison and serve the remainder of his sentence on supervised probation.

The Indiana Supreme Court overturned the state appeal court’s ruling earlier this month, keeping Bess in prison for the remainder of his sentence.

According to a release from the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office, The Indiana Supreme Court stated, “The sentence imposed by the trial court in this case is not inappropriate under Appellate Rule 7(B) and does not warrant appellate revision.”

Bess is currently incarcerated at the New Castle Correctional Facility.

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