An Indianapolis man will not serve time in prison for molesting his young daughter who has cancer, Marion Superior Court records show.
Jeremy Schwer, 41, pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony child molesting.
The crimes occurred after the girl was diagnosed with cancer and her parents started alternating taking care of her at night, court records state.
Deputy Prosecutor Courtney Curtis, who is division chief of the special victims team, said she had argued for Schwer to serve nine years in prison followed by three years on probation. But the girl’s mother, who filed for divorce, wrote a letter asking the court not to send Schwer to prison because she hoped he would help financially support their children.
After doctors found that the girl had a brain tumor in 2013, she spent several months in the hospital and went through a year of chemotherapy.
Schwer was charged in 2015 after his now-estranged wife called the Indiana Department of Child Services. Their daughter, then 6 years old, told her mother that she had touched her father’s private parts, according to court records. The girl later told officials that her father also touched her and had her sit on his “cat tail.”