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Registered sex offender arrested on charge of misconduct with minor

An arrest was made after a 15-year-old girl told police a man sexually assaulted her last month.

The man, 48-year-old James David Purtlebaugh Sr., was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor, after the teenager said a man exposed himself to her and fondled her breasts.

Purtlebaugh Sr., a registered sex offender, was reportedly a friend of the teenager's family. He lived in a camper outside her boyfriend’s parents’ house.

He and the girl were running errands on Jan. 19 when, according to police, he drove to the top of the IU Health Bloomington parking garage and told her they needed to “kill some time.”

She told police she didn’t understand what he meant.

As they were parked in the garage, police said he touched her breasts, put his hands down her pants and exposed his genitals to her.

The girl told police she repeatedly asked him to stop, but he did not.

The incident allegedlywas not reported to the Bloomington Police Department until Jan. 30. 

Bloomington Police Department Lt. Ryan Pedigo said video surveillance of the parking garage shows the suspect’s car was parked on its top level for 27 minutes before driving away. Neither individual exited the car during that time.

Purtlebaugh was located at his home Friday, but refused to give police a statement. He was taken into custody and charged with sexual misconduct with a minor.

He was originally registered as a sex offender against children in December 2011, according to the Greene County Sheriff's Office.

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