The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, July 03, 2019 1:44 pm

Special judge to decide whether to seal records in case

Matthew LeBlanc | The Journal Gazette

A special judge appointed to handle a criminal case against the daughter of Allen County's top public defender could decide in September whether to seal court records.

Eleanor Kraus, 19, had been charged with three counts of child molestation for having sex with a 13-year-old boy last year, according to court documents. She has agreed to plead guilty to three lesser charges, and prosecutors have said they will dismiss two of the lesser charges if she abides by rules requiring things like drug testing and a psychological evaluation.

Kraus is the daughter of Interim Chief Public Defender Michelle Kraus.

The mother of the boy walked in on Eleanor Kraus and the boy having sex in February 2018, when she was 18, a probable cause affidavit alleges. The boy told investigators they had sex four times.

A petition to prohibit public access filed May 30 asks Adams Circuit Court Judge Chad Kukelhan to restrict access to court filings, stating Eleanor Kraus has been "denied employment opportunities" and "the loss of housing."

Kukelhan was appointed to hear the case in Allen Superior Court after Judge Fran Gull recused herself.

A hearing on the request is scheduled Sept. 9.


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