An Indiana man has been sentenced to 187 years in prison after he was convicted on 10 felony counts, including child molestation and sexual misconduct with a minor.
According to authorities, Jason Schwartz, 31, of Butler, Indiana, would throw drug parties to lure girls between the ages of 13 and 15 to perform sexual acts. He was found guilty of sexual misconduct with six girls but found not guilty of sexual misconduct with a seventh accuser.
Several of the girls testified during the hearing, saying they attended parties at Schwartz’ rural home, about 25 miles north of Fort Wayne. The girls said that he would give them alcohol, marijuana, and a synthetic marijuana-like drug called Spice.
During the sentencing hearing, the judge called Schwartz a “predator” to which Schwartz replied “I’m not. I know that’s your opinion but that’s not mine.”
According to one girl, Schwartz made her have sex with him in return for a tattoo. Another girl testified that he made the same deal with her but she refused when he asked for sex.
DeKalb County prosecutor ClaraMary Winebrenner told reporters that Schwartz would target “wayward, vulnerable teenage girls.” The prosecutor said “He knew how to attract them. And he did – one right after the other.”
According to his attorney, Hugh Taylor, Schwartz “maintains his innocence” and intends to appeal his conviction. His sentence is especially long because he was ruled to be a habitual offender. Prior to these charges he had also been convicted for burglary and battery causing bodily injury.