An 18-year-old southern Indiana man has been returned to jail after 22 additional child molesting counts were filed against him alleging he assaulted 17 young children while working at a YMCA and as an elementary school teaching assistant.

Michael Begin Jr. was incarcerated Monday after a judge increased the Jeffersonville man's bond to $100,000 cash-only from the $10,000 he posted after being initially charged in October with two counts of child molesting.

Begin's attorney, Jennifer Culotta, waived the reading of rights on these new charges and entered a plea of not guilty for him. The children range in age from 3 to 7.

Begin had been on electronic monitoring since October.

The News and Tribune reports Culotta said after the hearing that her client maintains his innocence.


Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind., http://www.newsandtribune.com