Woman Sentenced by Grant County Court in Child Molestation Case

Channel 27 News recently obtained the probable cause affidavit, as well as plea agreement documents, in the case of Mary Alice Hazelwood, a Marion woman that has pleaded guilty and has now been sentenced for charges related to the molestation and rape of a 7-year-old child.

These are the charges Hazelwood was facing.

  • Count I: Aiding, Inducing, or Causing Child Molesting, Level 1 Felony
  • Count II: Aiding, Inducing, or Causing Child Molesting, Level 1 Felony
  • Count III: Aiding, Inducing, or Causing Child Molesting, Level 1 Felony
  • Count IV: Conspiracy to Commit Child Molesting, Level 1 Felony
  • Count V: Child Exploitation, Level 4 Felony
  • Count VI: Possession 0f Child Pornography, Level 5 Felony
  • Count VII: Performing Sexual Conduct in the Presence of a Minor, Level 6 Felony
  • Count VIII: Performing Sexual Conduct in the Presence of a Minor, Level 6 Felony
  • Count IX: Performing Sexual Conduct in the Presence of a Minor, Level 6 Felony
  • Count X: Conspiracy to Commit Performing Sexual Conduct in the Presence of a Minor, Level 6 Felony
  • Count XI: Neglect of a Dependent, Level 6 Felony

The probable cause affidavit explains each of these charges in detail. Hazelwood was accused of helping another person, Joshua David Arthur Trimm, both molest and rape the 7-year-old victim (referred to as Victim 1). In addition to aiding Trimm in those crimes, Hazelwood is said to have also created images of some kind (photograph or video) of the sexual abuse that was being inflicted upon the child, and she was also charged with possessing child pornography.

Hazelwood was also charged with intentionally having sexual intercourse in the presence of Victim 1, as well as a second victim, who is described as being 9 years-old. From the charges listed, it does not seem that Victim 2 was physically abused in the ways Victim 1 was, but they were subjected to witnessing Hazelwood having intercourse.

Mary Alice Hazelwood was charged with the neglect of a dependent, because Victim 1 had been placed in Hazelwood’s care.

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On August 17, 2020, Hazelwood signed a plea agreement, which saw her pleading guilty to charges four through eleven, with the first three charges against her being dropped.

Here are the detailed sentences that were handed down for each guilty charge:

  • Count IV: Incarceration, thirty (30) years, with twenty (20) years executed and the balance suspended to probation.
  • Count V: Incarceration, open and left to the discretion of the court, with a cap of six (6) years on the executed portion of the sentence and the balance suspended to probation.
  • Count VI: Incarceration, open and left to the discretion of the court, with a cap of three (3) years on the executed portion of the sentence and the balance suspended to probation.
  • Counts VII-XI: Incarceration, open and left to the discretion of the court, with a cap of two (2) years on the executed portion of the sentence and the balance suspended to probation.

Hazelwood’s sentences for each count will run concurrently, and the Grant County Jail currently lists her release date as September 13, 2035, which means Hazelwood is expected to serve approximately 15 years in jail before being released on probation.

The other terms of her plea agreement include:

  • registering as a sex offender
  • no contact with her victims
  • no contact with any child under the age of 18
  • agreeing to testify truthfully regarding any co-defendents

The person whom Hazelwood has pleaded guilty to helping to molest and rape the 7-year-old child, Joshua David Arthur Trimm, is currently be held in the Grant County Jail, as well, on a $100,005.00 cash bond.

At the time this article is published, Trimm has not yet been tried or sentenced for his alleged involvement in these crimes. When that happens, we will do our best to also provide those details to our audience here at Channel 27 News.


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