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Local man to serve 24 years on federal child sex charge

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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.

“According to 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.



Posted 5/12/2017




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