Man sends letter from jail claiming to be ‘serial pedophile’ with victims in three states

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — An Indiana man was already in jail when he wrote to a prosecutor confessing to being a “serial pedophile” who was liable for a “string of unreported molestings,” in accordance to courtroom paperwork. He famous they have been federal crimes.

Donald Dustin Cornett, 43, also called Dusty Cornett, an admitted serial little one molester, faces a number of associated prices in Superior Court.

Cornett had initially been arrested on a home cost and there was an excellent warrant for failure to register as a intercourse or violent offender with a previous conviction.

Cornett instructed investigators that his accomplice, Jennifer Ok. Knowles, 36, was concerned in the molestation acts. Three victims, together with at the least one boy, have been included in intercourse, utilizing intercourse toys and utilizing medicine, courtroom paperwork mentioned.

Cornett was charged with felony 1 little one molesting (the best state felony) and felony 4 little one molesting, little one pornography possession, little one exploitation and performing intercourse acts in the presence of a minor.

Knowles was charged with performing intercourse acts in the presence of a minor, neglect of a dependent and methamphetamine possession.

Cornett’s letter from jail, dated Oct. 25, 2021, was turned over to Sgt. Todd Battershell, a intercourse crime investigator with the Fort Wayne Police Department.

In the letter, Cornett claimed that Knowles gave the victims methamphetamine and “initiated and inspired him to molest” one of many victims, courtroom paperwork mentioned.

In November, throughout an interview with Battershell, Cornett mentioned he’d molested at the least eight youngsters in three totally different states. Cornett instructed a case supervisor with the Department of Child Services that the matter was “extraordinarily laborious for him to discuss, but it surely was the best factor to do,” courtroom paperwork mentioned.

Cornett claimed he and Knowles grew to become addicted to meth and would watch “Daddy-daughter” porn collectively, in accordance to courtroom paperwork.

The first sufferer the 2 allegedly groomed was a younger lady whose age was not disclosed. Cornett mentioned the lady was “bribed” into sexual actions with them, together with touching. The two would have interaction in sexual activity and permit the sufferer to watch them, courtroom paperwork mentioned.

Cornett additionally confessed to molesting this sufferer quite a few occasions over the previous yr and a half, in accordance to courtroom paperwork.

Cornett mentioned the molestings would happen when he and Knowles have been excessive on meth, courtroom paperwork mentioned. Although the medicine have been stored in a protected, Cornett mentioned Knowles gave the boy meth, hoping to get him recognized with autism “so she may acquire cash from the state of Indiana,” in accordance to courtroom paperwork.

While Battershell was interviewing Cornett, he acquired a message that the boy had examined optimistic for fentanyl.

In her personal interview, Knowles mentioned she watched Cornett filming the victims, nude and prepubescent, on “quite a few digital gadgets,” courtroom paperwork mentioned. The telephones used have been a Galaxy Note 9 and Samsung 10. Knowles claimed she argued with Cornett when he left the bed room door open deliberately so the victims may see them participating in intercourse acts, the courtroom paperwork mentioned.

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