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November 18, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS -- A phone sex operator is credited with a tip that ultimately led police to arrest a man who officers said is the owner of a day care center on child molestation charges after a 9-year-old girl reported that she had been fondled at his home.
The girl told Indianapolis Metro police last month that Ron Eiland, 59, touched her genitals in September at his home on Indianapolis' northeast side.
Eiland is the owner of Lil' Sprouts Learning Center, a day care facility in the Castleton area, according to IMPD.
Police had been to the home on the same morning that the molestation allegedly occurred on a different, also disturbing call, 6News' Cheryl Jackson reported.
A phone sex operator in Ohio called police to tell them that a man who had called her from the home put a 9-year-old girl on the line with her, and that she believed that he was masturbating during the conversation with the girl, whom police said is his daughter.
"In early September, IMPD responded on a call from a phone sex operator who stated they were talking to a client and identified him by name and location," said IMPD Sgt. Paul Thompson. "During the course of their business, he placed a 9-year-old girl on the telephone to talk to the operator. There were some other indications there was something else going on there."
An officer questioned Eiland and his daughter that night, but he denied talking to a phone sex operator. Officers said that they weren't convinced, but did not have enough evidence at the time to make an arrest.
A friend of Eiland's daughter was staying at the home that night, police said.
"About six weeks later, the parent of that 9-year-old made a police report that apparently she was molested that night by the same individual calling in to the phone sex operator," Thompson said. "In my entire career in law enforcement, which is about 30 years, I have never heard of such a thing."
Police obtained search warrants for Eiland's home, computers and phone records.
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