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Jackson Township man charged with rape

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A Jackson Township man was booked into the Porter County Jail on Thursday on charges of rape and criminal confinement, in connection with an incident reported earlier this year, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

The man was identified as David Lawrence Stover, 23, of 579 Cheyenne Court.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by the PCSP, at 4:08 p.m. March 20, an officer was dispatched to Porter Regional Hospital to speak with a juvenile girl who reported being raped a couple of hours earlier by Stover, while she was watching his children at a residence at 76 E. U.S. Highway 6 in Liberty Township.

The girl stated that she had fallen asleep while watching TV with the children on the bed in the master bedroom and awoke to find Stover holding her wrist, while yelling at the children to close the bedroom door behind them. Stover then removed her shorts and, despite her scratching him on the arms, he did not stop, she told the investigating officer. Stover “Then had intercourse with her on the bed,” the girl stated.

Afterward, the girl got dressed and locked herself in the bathroom. While inside, the girl advised, Stover “sent her a SnapChat asking if she was all right.” The girl was unable to say how long she stayed in the bathroom, but on leaving she walked to Porter Regional Hospital.

After learning of the girl’s accusation, Stover’s wife confronted him, according to the affidavit. Stover “denied having any sexual interaction” with the girl but did suggest that, while the girl was in the bathroom, “he thought maybe (she) would have wiped his underwear on her for his DNA to get on her,” Stover’s wife told investigators.

A DNA profile subsequently submitted for analysis “is at least 1 trillion times more likely if it originated from (Stover) and (the girl) than if it originated from (the girl) and an unknown unrelated individual,” the affidavit stated.


Posted 10/1/2020




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