Hancock County News

Fortville man charged with rape, molest

A Fortville man is in the Madison County Jail, charged with multiple crimes after a girl reported she was raped and molested by him while in elementary school.


According to a probable cause affidavit, Dennis Mickow, 64, of Fortville, is accused of raping and molesting a 16-year-old when she was in the first and second grade. In addition, the victim told police that Mickow offered her $20 to lift up her shirt when she was in the fourth grade.


Mickow has been charged with a Class A felony child molesting-intercourse or deviate sex with victim less than 14, Level 1 felony child molesting where defendant is at least 21, Class F felony child molesting and a Level 4 felony child molesting, fondling or touching with child under 14.


According to court records, the girl reported the incidents in 2018, stating Mickow raped and molested her when she was about 9. She told investigators she never told anyone what happened, and that Mickow once walked in while she was showering and dropped his pants in front of her.


Mickow has denied ever going into the bathroom when the victim was in the shower and denied being naked with her or trying to have sex with her, according to court documents.