A Madison man serving 138 years for child molestation claims he did not receive a proper defense during his trial and is requesting the case be heard again.

James E. Saylor was arrested in July 2006 after an 11-year old girl confided in a family friend that Saylor had sexually abused and then threatened her. Court testimony also showed that Saylor forced a boy to have sex with the girl.

In 2007, Saylor was convicted by a jury on two charges of child molestation, one charge of sexual deviant gratification, one charge of intimidation and one charge of being a habitual offender, all felonies.

In 2008, the Indiana Court of Appeal upheld the conviction and sentence. He is currently incarcerated at Wabash Valley Correction Facility.

In April of this year, Saylor's new attorney Allen Reid, of Indianapolis, filed a petition for post-conviction relief in the case asking the court to vacate, set aside or correct Saylor's conviction and sentence.

Among other issues, the petition claims Saylor's defense was ineffective in that it failed to move to dismiss the child molestation and vicarious sexual gratification charges. It also claims the defense did not fully notify Saylor of his constitutional rights before Saylor pleaded guilty to being a habitual offender.

Saylor has been transferred to the Jefferson County Jail, where he awaits a hearing at 9 a.m. Monday in Circuit Court.