Accused child molester makes appearance in Lawrenceburg, IN courtroom

Child molestation suspect faces judge (VIDEO)
Steven Rekowski appearing in court Tuesday (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham)
Steven Rekowski appearing in court Tuesday (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham)

DEARBORN COUNTY, IN (FOX19) - Dearborn County Prosecutors say they've added the names of seven more young children to the list of Steven Rekowski's alleged victims, after they found incriminating evidence on his phone.

Rekowski, 44, of Aurora, was arrested on Jan. 1, after being accused of possessing pornographic pictures of himself and a 4-year-old he babysat on New Year's Even on Pribble Circle in Lawrenceburg, IN.

A friend of Rekowski's tipped the mother after finding the images on his phone, according to a sworn statement released by the prosecutors office. The victim's mother then locked Rekowski in her laundry room until police arrived.

Rekowski was placed in jail facing two counts of child molestation and one count of child exploitation.

After his first court appearance Tuesday morning, he now faces charges that include, multiple counts of child molestation, child exploitation and performing sexual conduct in the presence of a minor.

While he lists a house in Aurora, Indiana as his address, the couple who lives there say Rekowski only stayed there a couple of weeks.

The couple said they had no idea about Rekowski's alleged darker side.

However, the couple say Rekowski made an odd request. They claim he asked to take their children upstairs, one at a time, to watch a movie. The couple said no.

Rekowski earned money, in part, as a Karaoke DJ working at places like the Cottage in Aurora and the Levee Breaker in Lawrenceburg where manager Bob Ogles says Rekowski was popular among the customers.

"He had a following. He was very good at what he did, he was punctual. I mean I've been in and out of this bar business for 30 years. Nothing surprises me this one did," Ogles said.

Ogles says the charges of child molestation are stunning.

"I'm surprised. Being a grandfather of 18 he never would have made it out of the laundry room with me," Ogles said.

If he's convicted on all the charges, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

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