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Local man charged with child molesting

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A Liberty Township resident has been charged with child molesting, after a girl younger than 14 accused him in 2012 of touching her inappropriately over the previous five years.

David S. Lazaro, 38, with a listed address of 169 Mosier Drive, was charged last week with three counts of child molesting.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Det. Sgt. Tim Manteuffel of the Porter County Sheriff’s Police, in June 2012 the girl informed her mother she no longer wanted to be around Lazaro because he had “shown her the ‘bad touch’” and “she was afraid of” him.

The girl told a Child Services interviewer that her “earliest memory of the inappropriate touching” was at a residence in Lake Station in 2007.

At one point, the girl stated, Lazaro told her “he wanted to touch her inappropriately one more time and that he would then seek help.”

On another occasion she asked Lazaro why he touched her. His response, the girl stated: “Why? Do you want me to do it to your little sister?’”

Lazaro also threatened to “kill himself and it would be her fault” if she ever told her family about the inappropriate touching, the girl stated.

Lazaro, for his part, denied the accusations and told Manteuffel in an interview in July 2012 that “he knew in his heart he did not touch her inappropriately.”

Lazaro is charged with three counts of a Class C felony, each punishable by a term of two to eight years.

 

Posted 6/30/2015