A Valparaiso man convicted in 2010 of possession of child pornography has
been arrested again on the same charge, Valparaiso Police said.
Dean Arthur Lessentine, 59, of 465 College St., Apt. 9, was taken into
custody on Friday, after a subject reported seeing “a young naked girl” on
Lessentine’s computer, police said.
Investigators subsequently executed a search warrant at Lessentine’s
apartment and seized his laptop computer and cell phone.
In an interview, Lessentine admitted visiting inappropriate websites and
downloading images of children to his cell phone and then to his laptop,
He further stated that he searched the Internet using wi-fi locations in
Lessentine was charged with two counts of possession of child pornography
and transported to Porter County Jail.
Lessentine was arrested on the same charge in March 2010, following an
investigation which began in July 2009 after he was observed viewing
“questionable content” on a Porter-Starke Services computer while
participating in a day-service program there.
The VPD attempted to make contact with Lessentine on Oct. 12, 2009, but
learned that he had been evicted from his last known address. Then, on Oct.
13, 2009, Lessentine was located at the Kouts Public Library, where police
said that he was using a computer to view “a website that showed images of
young females in Halloween outfits and gymnastic clothing.”
Lessentine gave the VPD permission to search his residence, where images of
child pornography were found, police said.
Lessentine was convicted of possession of child pornography in August 2010
and sentenced to two and a half years, the whole of it suspended except for
required to register as a convicted sex offender.