If Christopher W. Truman were convicted on all nine felony child-molesting
and sexual-misconduct counts filed against him this week, he could be
sentenced to a maximum term of 210 years.
In the meantime, if Truman wants out of jail, he’s going to have to find a
way to post a $1 million bond.
Truman, 38, of 1896 Center St. in Portage, was charged on Tuesday, after
four boys and one 21-year-old man accused him of molesting them on multiple
occasions, many of them over the span of years, often at motels in Portage.
Truman was charged with the following:
•Three counts of child molesting, filed as a Class A felony, punishable by a
term of 20 to 50 years.
•One count of sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony, punishable
by a term of six to 20 years.
•Two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor filed as a Class C felony,
punishable by a term of two to eight years.
•And three counts of child molesting, filed as a Class C felony.
Three of the alleged victims were younger than 14 at the time; the fourth
was younger than 16.
The investigation began on Aug. 4, when the parents of two of the alleged
victims confronted Truman at a home in Valparaiso, where he was visiting
friends. “Upon being confronted, Truman ran inside the residence and locked
the door,” according to the probable cause affidavit filed by Det. Cpl. John
Gildein of the Porter County Sheriff’s Police.
An officer dispatched to the scene subsequently persuaded Truman to leave
the residence and accept a ride to the Sheriff’s Department, where he agreed
to speak with Gildein. Truman told Gildein that he would commonly rent a
room at a Portage motel and bring one of the alleged victim’s with him to
swim, that the two “would watch wrestling together in the hotel room and
wrestle one another,” and that, while wrestling, he “possibly” had intimate
contact with the boy’s body.
When interviewed, the four alleged victims gave more particular accounts.
One—whose father has known Truman “for many years” and who was close enough
to Truman to call him “uncle”—reported that he awoke to find himself
partially unclothed and Truman fondling him. “Since that day, he has had bad
dreams about the incident and thinks about it a lot,” Gildein stated in his
affidavit. The boy “said he did not tell anyone about this incident until
Another of the alleged victims told Gildein that Truman had had intimate
contact with him “over 100 times,” usually at a Portage motel, “until
several months ago when he told his mother that he no longer wished to go,”
A third alleged victim—now 21—told Gildein that he had not had “ a great
family life and did not have a father figure,” that “Truman stepped in and
attempted to be a father figure,” and that at some point Truman began
fondling him. The man also said that Truman “would pay him in U.S. currency
for touching him and to attempt to keep him quiet,” that eventually he tried
to tell a relative that Truman was abusing him but that the relative
“brushed the allegations aside” on the ground that he “was only seeking
attention,” and that finally he told Truman that “he did not want him
touching him any longer because he liked girls and was not gay.”
On Thursday, Porter Circuit Court Mary Harper set bond for Truman at $1
million and scheduled his trial for Feb. 4.