Accused molestor recently completed jury duty


by Adam Walser

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 6:24 PM

(WHAS11) -- Bernard Harris was back at the Clark County Courthouse for the second time in the past week. On Monday he was wearing an orange jail jump suit, handcuffs and leg shackles charged with three felony counts of child molesting and solicitation of a child.

"It came through child protective services, as often these complaints do," said Jeffersonville Police Department Spokesperson Todd Hollis.

"This was an ongoing episode where he was molesting the victim," said Chief Deputy Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull. "The charges are the most serious nature you can have in child molesting. They're class A felonies."

Court documents say Harris sent sexually charged text messages to a 13-year-old girl. He also allegedly photographed and videotaped the girl while she was nude or engaged in sex acts with him.

Police searched Harris' Jeffersonville mobile home last week, seeking a white blanket, condoms, disposable razors, and a battery operated sexual device.

"We did identify and locate some of the evidence that corroborated some of the evidence already received through our investigation," said Hollis.

Harris, who police say has never been convicted of a felony, had another encounter with the court system just days ago.

"When we called the jury panel, Mr.Harris was on the jury panel," Mull said.

Harris was one of 70 potential jurors summoned for the child molesting trial of John Dickey. He first told court clerks he could not t read or write, but then was sent into the courtroom anyway.

"He actually just took it upon himself to start speaking up from the gallery and making critical comments about the prosecution and of law enforcement. At that time, the detective assisting me on the case did inform me that he was the subject of an ongoing child molesting investigation himself," said Mull.

The investigation wrapped up in time for Harris to be the one in front of a judge in the very next session.