A Chesterton man
has been arrested on charges of child molesting.
Jonathan A. Miegl,
34, with a listed address in the 500 block of South 20th Street, was booked
into the Porter County Jail on Friday night on two counts of child
molesting: a Level 1 felony punishable by a term of 20 to 40 years; and a
Level 4 felony punishable by a term of two to 12 years.
According to the
probable cause affidavit filed by Det. Sgt. Chuck Rinker of the Chesterton
Police Department, Miegl is accused of intimate contact with a child younger
than 14 years old, over a period of four years beginning in 2012.
The child told
investigators that the incidents occurred at three locations: at prior
residences in Chesterton and LaPorte and at Key Lime Cove in Illinois.
The child’s mother
advised Rinker that Miegl initially admitted to molesting the child in a
phone conversation with her, in which he said he “(messed) up bad” and
“knows he is going to jail.”
Miegl retracted his admission to her, the mother advised Rinker, saying
instead that “he did not ever hurt the (child) and that the allegations were
false,” and adding that “the allegations are going to cost (the child’s
mother) $1,200 every two weeks in lost support.”