A Duneland man who
was serving a two-year sentence for child molesting in 2012 when he was
charged again with the same offense--after a friend of the first victim
accused the man of molesting him too--has been sentenced to seven years in
the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC).
Randall S. York,
34, with listed addresses both in Porter and Jackson Township, pleaded
guilty in December to that additional charge of child molesting, a Class C
felony punishable by a term of two to eight years. Last week York was
sentenced to eight years in the DOC with one year suspended, to be served on
Court Judge Bill Alexa’s sentencing order also formally labels York a
“sexually violent predator,” requires him to register as a sex offender and
submit to HIV testing, and gives him credit on his sentence for 467 actual
days served in the Porter County Jail while awaiting disposition.
In exchange for his
plea, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office agreed to dismiss two additional
counts filed against York in connection with his molestation of that second
victim: performing a sexual conduct in the presence of a minor and child
solicitation, both Class D felonies punishable by a term of six months to
Also dismissed in
the plea deal: three new charges filed against York in August
2014--one Class B and two Class C counts of sexual misconduct with a
minor--after a third boy, living in Duneland at the time, accused York of
performing intimate acts on him between 2006 and 2008.
The very first case
against York was adjudicated in April 2012, when York was sentenced to two
years in the DOC for molesting a boy younger than 14 in the summer of 2010.
One week after York’s sentencing, a friend of the victim in the original
case reported that York had molested him as well. That boy, however, had not
been informed of the allegations against York and was unaware of the court
proceedings until he saw a newspaper story.
According to the
probable cause affidavit, the second boy’s molestation also occurred in
2010, during a sleep-over at York’s parents’ home in Jackson Township.
It was this second
case of molestation for which York was sentenced last week to seven years.