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New Albany man accused of molesting three children

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John LaBoa (Source: Floyd County Jail) John LaBoa (Source: Floyd County Jail)

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- A New Albany man has been accused of sexually molesting three children, all under the age of 14.

Sleepovers, pornography and baths are just some of the disturbing acts police say a man committed with three girls, some as young as 8 years old. Police say this took place while they were on spring break from New Albany schools.

In court documents, the three young girls describe what they say the man did to them. The details are so disturbing, we cannot share them.

On Linden Street in New Albany, there was talk going around that a neighbor in an apartment building, was having sleepovers with young girls.

"I didn't think it was right. No, that's not right," said neighbor Phyllis Pound.

Now, neighbors say they are glad 58-year-old John LaBoa is locked up. "I've got grandchildren on this street. I'm not going to sit back and let anybody do anything to them," added Pound.

After being charged in court Friday, LaBoa walked in shackles, back to jail. In a probable cause affidavit police say LaBoa performed and received sex acts with girls as young as 8 years old.

One girl told detectives she was "scared and she wanted to get up, but John wouldn't let her."

The girls told police that LaBoa had them take baths together, touch their privates, and showed them pornographic movies and magazines. LaBoa admitted to detectives that he had pornographic movies, but had thrown all of them away. He says he had "caught" the girls watching the movies. Prosecutor Scott Owen says LaBoa knew the girls, but it is unclear why they were at his apartment during their spring break from New Albany schools. LaBoa is charged with five counts of Child Molesting.

Two Class-A counts carry heavy penalties: 50 years maximum on each count alone if convicted.

LaBoa asked the judge to be put on home incarceration, but the judge denied that request, citing the seriousness of the alleged crimes. He is in the Floyd County jail on a $300,000 bond.

"We will prosecute to the fullest extent that we possibly can and will hold Mr. LaBoa accountable for his actions that he's committed against these young victims," said prosecutor Scott Owen.

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