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Liberty Township man found guilty on lesser child molestation charge

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A jury found a Liberty Township resident guilty Wednesday of a Class C felony child molesting charge and not guilty of a higher class A felony count.

Jackie W. Robson, 49, of 8 Canterbury Circle, is scheduled to be sentenced by Porter County Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford on Monday, Aug. 26, who could order he be incarcerated for up to eight years.

Two separate Class A felony counts met with a hung jury. The state will decide if they want to retry the counts.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Porter County Sheriff’s Police Det. Gene Hopkins, on July 22, 2011, a Liberty Twp. mother reported to police that her daughter told her of twice being touched inappropriately by Robson; the first time at Robson’s residence when she was visiting a friend; the second time at her own home, when Robson’s wife was visiting her mother.

The girl advised Hopkins that the first incident allegedly occurred between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2011, when he exposed himself her and a friend and touched her, saying “he wanted to do something to them that would make them feel good.” She advised that Robson told them not to tell their mothers, the affidavit said.

When the girl’s friend was interviewed, she denied the girl’s allegation and told police she was “scared” when police asked her to give her account of the incident, the affidavit said.

Robson, for his part, has denied the accusation and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Robson was previously convicted, on Feb. 23, 2009, of vicarious sexual gratification, sentenced to three years in the Indiana Department of Correction with all but 90 days suspended, and was released on May, 14, 2009.

Posted 7/29/2013