LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A southern Indiana man accused of having sex with a teenage girl came face-to-face with a judge and the girl's mother Friday morning.
"I was out in the hallway when they brought him through," said Stephanie Woodward, the mother of the alleged victim. "His face turned beet red and it should have, he knows what he did. She was 14 at the time. She's 16 now."
Steven Lanham, 40, was brought to court in handcuffs, shackles and a jail-issued jumpsuit.
"I gave him the death stare," Woodward said.
Woodward said Lanham was her best friend and like a father to her daughter. Now, she said she wants him to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
"Her dad wasn't really apart of her life, and he stepped up, and he's been that dad," she said.
Lanham was quiet as he appeared in the Clark County courtroom. He's facing four felony charges of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Prosecutors said those charges stem from May 2018, when the teenager was 14.
Woodward said she and her daughter are relieved after finding out police arrested him last week.
"I mean, I'm a mom," Woodward said. "I told her, 'My job is to protect you. No, I don't feel that I did with this, but I'm here now.' We know what happened, and I will fight until my last breath to make sure he gets justice for this."
Lanham told the judge he was homeless. Woodward believes he was on the run.
"There were some challenges in locating him," Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said.
Mull issued the arrest warrant last year and agrees with Woodward about Lanham running from the pending charges.
"He certainly knew that he was under investigation for this crime and there was a high likelihood that we would come knocking on his door one day," Mull said.
The judge ordered Lanham not to have any contact with the teenager or her family and set his bond at $25,000 cash.
Lanham could face between two and 12 years behind bars. A jury trial is scheduled for March.
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