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Shelbyville woman gets 25 years in child molest

A Shelbyville woman has been sentenced for child molest while a man still faces federal charges in the case.


Brianne Carson, 30, of Shelbyville, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for her participation in the molest of a close family member.


The Shelby County Prosecutor’s Office says the case originated from a federal investigation in which Carson’s boyfriend, Brian Diana, had admitted to federal investigators that he had been molesting two young relatives, and claimed that Carson participated in the sex acts.


Carson was questioned by investigators and denied participating, but admitted that she was aware that Diana was molesting the two children. When the older child was forensically interviewed, she disclosed that the sexual abuse began when she was just over 6 years old, that Carson was in the room watching the molestations, and had even held her legs once so that Diana could have intercourse with her.


Shelby County Prosecutor Brad Landwerlen says he filed the charges against Carson, but upon conferring with federal authorities, it was agreed that they would prosecute Diana federally, as they have stiffer penalties than Indiana law would allow under the facts of this case.  Carson did not qualify for federal prosecution.


The federal case on Diana is still pending, and Landwerlen states he is required by law to note that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


The local case was prosecuted by Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Pasel and investigated by Shelbyville Police Department Detective Deborah Tilford and Department of Homeland Security Special Agent Mike Johnson.


Carson was further declared to be a credit-restricted felon, which will require that she spend an extra percentage of her actual sentence in prison than would otherwise be required.