(AP) - A Portage man held without bond for three years has been acquitted of
four counts of child molesting and ordered immediately released from jail.
Court Judge Bill Alexaís order comes after it was discovered that one of the
two purported victims made up at least part of the accusations and the
prosecutor didnít share that information with the defense. The judge ordered
39-year-old Eric Knowles released from jail on his own recognizance Thursday
while awaiting disposition of a final molestation count involving a third
Alexa also said
heís referring the matter involving Deputy Prosecutor Trista Hudson to the
Indiana Supreme Courtís Disciplinary Commission for review.
The (Munster) Times
reports Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel said the lapse was inadvertent
and the state accepts the courtís ruling.