Vermillion resident arrested on sexual charges including statutory rape, pornography

Vermillion resident arrested on sexual charges including statutory rape, pornography by M. Jill Karolevitz Tristan Irwin, 19, Vermillion, was arrested Oct. 27 for statutory rape, sexual contact with a child and possession of child pornography

The rape and sexual contact charges stem from an incident involving a 14-year-old female on Jan. 1. Irwin was also arrested on Nov. 9 on two additional counts of statutory rape and one additional count of possession of child pornography. Those charges stem from an investigation by the Vermillion Police Department which included the discovery of child pornography which was received by Irwin over the Internet.

A search warrant was executed on Oct. 13 at Irwin�s residence. The warrant authorized seizure of Irwin�s computer and various computer files.

Irwin is currently being held on a $5000 bond. He is to have no contact with any of the victims or witnesses in the case.

He appeared before Judge Mary Dell Cody Nov. 14 for the charges from the Nov. 9 arrest, according to Clay County State�s Attorney Tami Bern. Irwin waived the preliminary hearing and was bound over to circuit court. He will be arraigned by Judge Arthur Rusch on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.

Bern added that the case relating to the Oct. 27 arrest will be presented to the Clay County grand jury on Dec. 6 if Irwin does not waive a preliminary hearing.

�This all began in April when the Clay County Sheriff�s office received a complaint from Wakonda School about inappropriate photos of a young girl being e-mailed to school computers,� Bern said. �Irwin was allegedly involved, but the e-mails didn�t quite meet the statutory criteria of child pornography, so no arrest was made.

�On July 19, the Vermillion Police Department received a complaint of statutory rape, allegedly involving Irwin, that occurred in January,� Bern continued. �At that point, no charges were filed at the victim�s request, with the agreement that Irwin and the victim have no contact. Later, authorities received information that there was still contact between the two and other witnesses complained of Irwin�s alleged contact with other minor girls. This all resulted in further investigation and Irwin�s arrest.�

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