resident has been charged with child molesting.
Agustin L. Espinoza
II, 45, with a listed address of 1915 Cory Lane, was arrested Thursday, July
6, on two counts of child molesting, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police
Espinoza is accused
of having intimate contact with a girl younger than 14 on multiple occasions
between July 2014 and April 2016, while the girl and her mother were staying
with him at his residence, according to the probable cause affidavit filed
by Chesterton Police Det. Nicholas Brown.
The girl, when
interviewed, stated that after the incidents began she re-arranged her
bedroom to make it more difficult for Espinoza to touch her, began sleeping
at the corner of her bed in a ball, “had trouble falling asleep,” and
started “locking her bedroom door and wearing sweaters,” Brown stated in the
subsequently informed her mother about the incidents when they were “staying
elsewhere,” after her mother and Espinoza argued, Brown stated.
A month after he
began investigating the first accusation against Espinoza, the girl’s mother
informed him of another possible victim, a girl younger than 14 whom
Espinoza is alleged to have touched intimately while staying overnight at
her mother’s house in Chesterton following a bunco party in 2011 or 2012,
In an interview the
second girl stated that, sometime during the night, she woke up on a couch
next to Espinoza--although she remembered having been on the floor--and felt
him touching her, Brown stated.
Espinoza, for his
part, denied acting inappropriately with either of the two girls, Brown