A Jackson Township
man was booked into the Porter County Jail on Thursday on charges of rape
and criminal confinement, in connection with an incident reported earlier
this year, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
The man was
identified as David Lawrence Stover, 23, of 579 Cheyenne Court.
According to the
probable cause affidavit filed by the PCSP, at 4:08 p.m. March 20, an
officer was dispatched to Porter Regional Hospital to speak with a juvenile
girl who reported being raped a couple of hours earlier by Stover, while she
was watching his children at a residence at 76 E. U.S. Highway 6 in Liberty
The girl stated
that she had fallen asleep while watching TV with the children on the bed in
the master bedroom and awoke to find Stover holding her wrist, while yelling
at the children to close the bedroom door behind them. Stover then removed
her shorts and, despite her scratching him on the arms, he did not stop, she
told the investigating officer. Stover “Then had intercourse with her on the
bed,” the girl stated.
Afterward, the girl
got dressed and locked herself in the bathroom. While inside, the girl
advised, Stover “sent her a SnapChat asking if she was all right.” The girl
was unable to say how long she stayed in the bathroom, but on leaving she
walked to Porter Regional Hospital.
After learning of
the girl’s accusation, Stover’s wife confronted him, according to the
affidavit. Stover “denied having any sexual interaction” with the girl but
did suggest that, while the girl was in the bathroom, “he thought maybe
(she) would have wiped his underwear on her for his DNA to get on her,”
Stover’s wife told investigators.
A DNA profile
subsequently submitted for analysis “is at least 1 trillion times more
likely if it originated from (Stover) and (the girl) than if it originated
from (the girl) and an unknown unrelated individual,” the affidavit stated.