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
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?’”
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