Summitville Fire Chief Charged with Sexual Misconduct with a Minor

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S/Trp. C. Ryan Davis
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DATE: November 20, 2020

Summitville Fire Chief Charged with Sexual Misconduct with a Minor

Madison County - Indiana State Police investigators initiated a criminal investigation on March 12, 2020 after receiving information from a concerned third-party involving an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor.

The investigation conducted by Indiana State Police Detective David Preston revealed that James Randall Sizelove, age 56, of Summitville, IN, had allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor under the age of 16. Sizelove first met the alleged female victim, now 23, while employed as a bus driver for the Madison Grant School Corporation in 2010.  The victim alleged multiple sexual crimes against Sizelove, beginning in 2013 when she was 15 years old. Sizelove was her bus driver at the time. He is no longer employed by the school.

Sizelove, who is the current Fire Chief for the Summitville Fire Department, also served as a reserve for the Summitville Police Department and held the rank of Sergeant. He held positions with both departments during the time the alleged misconduct took place. Sizelove was relieved of his duties from the police department after a search warrant, pertaining to the investigation, was executed at his residence on April 14th. Multiple electronic devices were seized during the search, which were found to contain pornographic images of the underage victim.

The extensive investigation led to multiple interviews. Investigators with the Indiana State Police Cyber Crimes Division assisted with analyzing the seized electronic devices, which led to the discovery of the pornographic evidence. The collected evidence was presented to the Madison County Prosecutors Office for review. Following their review of the investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Sizelove. He was arrested after he turned himself in at the Madison County Jail this morning. He is currently being held on bond. The charges against Sizelove are as follows:

Arrested and Charges: James Randall Sizelove, 56, Summitville, IN

  • Criminal Deviate Conduct – Using or Threatening to Use Force or Violence, an "A" Felony (Pre-2014 Statute)
  • Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, a "C" Felony (Pre-2014 Statute)
  • Child Solicitation, a "C" Felony (Pre-2014 Statute)
  • Child Seduction – Child Care Worker, a Level 5 Felony
  • Possession of Child Pornography, a Level 6 Felony

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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