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Chesterton man found not guilty of child molesting

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A Chesterton man accused in 2016 of molesting a child was found not guilty on Friday in a LaPorte County courtroom.

Jonathan Miegl, 37 was originally charged with two counts of Level 1 child molesting, one count of Level 4 child molesting, and two counts of vicarious sexual gratification.

A jury found Miegl not guilty after a four-day trial.

The charges stem from accusations made by a woman and her daughter while they were living in Chesterton, Miegl’s attorney, Jesse Harper, told the Chesterton Tribune today, and Miegl was charged in Porter County “for acts that had allegedly taken place in Chesterton several years prior,” Harper said. But “the family also lived in LaPorte, hence the charges in that county. The alleged acts would have been a continuous course of conduct involving the same defendant and the alleged victim.”

Harper--who co-defended Miegl with Harper’s brother, James--told the Tribune that, over the course of the four-day trial, the LaPorte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office call the alleged victim; the alleged victim’s mother, brother, and sister; a LaPorte detective; a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner from Franciscan Health, and a psychiatrist to testify. “Defense called only the defendant,” Harper said. “Not guilty on all counts.”

“Obviously we are happy with the jury’s verdict,” Harper said. “Jon has maintained his innocence from the moment these allegations first arose. We would not like to comment further as there are currently charges pending against Jon in Porter County based on the same alleged course of conduct, except to say that Jon continues to maintain his innocence.”

The trial on the Porter County charges has not yet been scheduled.


Posted 10/21/2020





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