FREMONT, IN (WTVB) - A 25-year old suspect has been arrested on a felony child molestation charge in connection with an incident involving a four year old this past weekend at the Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department was called Saturday afternoon with a report that a child was allegedly molested in a hotel bathroom. Deputies arrived to discover that adults at the hotel had held the alleged suspect until they could arrive.
Deputies learned through the initial investigation that David Elleneberger of Mentone, Indiana allegedly approached the victim while inside a restroom near the indoor swimming pool area where the alleged molestation occurred. Deputies then transported Elleneberger to the Sheriff’s office where formal interviews were conducted and they said Elleneberger confessed to the molestation. The 4 year old victim was from another state, vacationing with family and did not know the suspect at all.
Elleneberger was arraigned in Magistrate court Monday afternoon and charged with a class A felony of Child Molestation. He was released from jail after posting a $100,000 bond.