A registered sex offender who Chesterton Police said tried to lure a local
girl into running away with him was sentenced last week to three years in
the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) after pleading guilty to an
amended charge of neglect of a dependent.
Johnnathan A. Fuller, 38, of Michigan City—also known as Geoffrey Jacobs—was
originally charged with attempted sexual misconduct with a minor, sexual
misconduct with a minor, and child solicitation, following an incident in
January 2011, when the CPD responded to a report of a possible burglary on
South 13th Street after a witness observed one person placing bags outside
the window of a home and another loading those bags into a pickup truck.
One of those persons was Fuller, the other a girl younger than 15, who
advised that she was leaving home with Fuller because she was unhappy with
her family life. The girl stated that she had known Fuller for three years
and met him and his family at a church in Michigan City, that “she was going
to his house to live with him,” that “she was planning on being with him
forever,” and that “Mr. Fuller was a sex offender because he pulled
someone’s pants down as a joke,” Det. Jamie Copollo stated in her probable
The girl also
advised police that Fuller had once dropped her at the Duneland Unit of the
Boys and Girls Club, at which time she kissed him on the mouth, Copollo
Under the plea agreement, the charge of child solicitation was amended to
one of neglect of a dependent, a Class D felony punishable by a term of six
months to three years. The charges of attempted sexual misconduct with a
minor and sexual misconduct with a minor were dismissed.
Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa sentenced Fuller to three years in
DOC, no time suspended, on the charge of neglect of a dependent, then
revoked probation which Fuller was serving in an unrelated matter and
sentenced him to time served since Jan. 13, 2011.
The two sentences are to run consecutively.
Alex also ordered Fuller to pay court costs of $165 and a child abuse
prevention fee of $100.
Fuller was convicted of sexual battery in Porter County in June 1998, was
sentenced to a term of six years, two of those years suspended, and was
released in August 1999.
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