A Chesterton man
has been sentenced to more than 24 years in federal prison for coercing a
child to engage in sexual activity with him, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for
the Northern District of Indiana reported on Thursday.
Willard Abatie, 64,
was sentenced to 292 months in prison and five years of supervised release,
the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
documents in this case, on approximately ten occasions between March and
December 2014, Abatie coerced a 12-year-old girl to perform sex acts with
him,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Abatie gained access to the girl by
agreeing to help the girl’s mother facilitate a money laundering scheme.
Abatie made money transfers for the mother in exchange for sexual contact
with the minor.”
This case was
investigated by the U.S. Department Homeland Security Investigations with
the assistance of the Hammond and East Chicago police departments.