Warrant out for the arrest of wanted child molester


ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. -- The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department continues its search for a Goshen man wanted for child molestation.

Scott Culver, 50, has been charged with four counts of child molestation, one count of child solicitation and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Elkhart Superior Court 3.

Cpt. Jim Bradberry said officers continue to search for Culver, who is described as 5-foot-8-inches tall and weighing roughly 165 pounds. Culver's last known address is in Goshen, however, police say he may have fled the state.

"Right now the department is really concentrating its efforts on crimes that really matter, crimes that would benefit us by catching the people," said Bradberry.

The sheriff's department posted Culver's photograph and description on its Facebook page last week in an effort to attract tips about his whereabouts.

"We want him in jail and we want his face out there so he can't hide," Bradberry added.

The probable cause affidavit alleges Culver engaged in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct with an 11 year-old girl in April 2013.

According to the document, the girl's mother told police she saw her daughter leaving a store accompanied by a man appearing to be in his late forties. When she called for her daughter the man ran to his car and left the parking lot.

The girl told her mother the man was her boyfriend "Scott," and said she was "in love with" him, according to the court documents.

When speaking with police, the girl said she told "Scott" she was 16 and they had sexual intercourse on a couch in the backroom of King Arthur's arcade, where Culver worked and reportedly lived.

Days after the encounter, Culver sat down with police and told them he had a "romantic relationship" with the girl. However, he claimed he thought she was 17, not 11.

The probable cause affidavit alleges sexually explicit text messages were exchanged between Culver and the girl, they also indicated the pair would drink alcohol together.

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department is actively searching for Culver and wants the public to call in with any information.

Meanwhile, the family who took over the arcade in November, 2013, said they've struggled to overcome the "stigma" attached the the store.

"We've been trying to get out from under the whole stigma of Scott," said James Roeder, new owner of Goshen Laundromat and Arcade.

Roeder started working the Cuvler's father at the laundromat when he was 13. When asked by Culver's father to take over the store last fall, he didn't hesitate to takeover.

"Eventually we'd like to get it back to where it was back int he 80's when it was completely open and it was a pretty hot spot," Roeder added.

Roeder and his wife have worked to make the arcade feel like a child-friendly and safe environment. The want people to know that it's a new place now that they've assumed ownership.


WNDU - Channel 16 54516 State Road 933 South Bend, IN 46637 Front Desk: 574-284-3000 Newsroom: 574-284-3016 Email: newscenter16@wndu.com
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 258550871 - wndu.com/a?a=258550871