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Local man labeled sexually violent predator sentenced for child molesting

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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 formal probation.

Porter Superior 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 three years.

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.


Posted 2/4/2015




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