TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Wednesday's court appearances by Tanoos II and Ray culminate a month's worth of investigation and preparation in this case.
Now, a special prosecutor prepares to try these men as Vigo County's prosecutor explains why he asked to be removed from the case.
Families of both Peter Tanoos II and Tucker Ray crowded the halls outside of a Vigo County courtroom following their initial hearings before Judge Michael Rader.
Tanoos II faces felony charges of sexual battery and child exploitation. Ray faces those charges plus a count of sexual misconduct with a minor.
In most instances, Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt's office would handle the case, but Modesitt felt he had a conflict of interest.
"One of the defendants is related to a blood relative of mine by marriage," Modesitt explained.
After consulting the Indiana Prosecutor's Council, a special prosecutor request was made to the court.
"I did not want make the choice of who was going to handle the case ourselves, because we wanted to avoid the appearance of impropriety," Modesitt added.
Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger accepted the case, and he told us he's handled several Vigo County cases as special prosecutor.
Most of those were misdemeanors and low level felonies and not a case as high-profile as this. Still, don't expect Reberger to change his prosecutorial approach.
"We will follow the same procedures we do in Clay County and see the matter through appropriately," explained Reberger.
The alleged victim told police she took a gummy bear laced with Xanax.
Noah Coley of Hamilton Center told us Xanax is a prescription drug today's teens are abusing. He says teens will combine gummy bears, Xanax and alcohol, which is a deadly combination.
"It's hard to imagine someone taking an anesthetic drug, mixing it with alcohol, so they're already sedated," said Coley. "It's a double whammy. It's very dangerous. So it needs to be looked at and looked over by people."
Coley says mixing alcohol with anything like Xanax or Valium or even cough syrup can kill you.
So what can you do as parents or adults? Teach your kids about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs and that mixing them with alcohol can be fatal.
If you're part of a church, civic group or organization, Coley told us he would be glad to schedule a presentation to your group. For information on how to set up an appointment, call 812-448-8801.
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