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Local man charged with child molesting

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A Chesterton resident has been charged with child molesting.

Agustin L. Espinoza II, 45, with a listed address of 1915 Cory Lane, was arrested Thursday, July 6, on two counts of child molesting, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

Espinoza is accused of having intimate contact with a girl younger than 14 on multiple occasions between July 2014 and April 2016, while the girl and her mother were staying with him at his residence, according to the probable cause affidavit filed by Chesterton Police Det. Nicholas Brown.

The girl, when interviewed, stated that after the incidents began she re-arranged her bedroom to make it more difficult for Espinoza to touch her, began sleeping at the corner of her bed in a ball, “had trouble falling asleep,” and started “locking her bedroom door and wearing sweaters,” Brown stated in the affidavit.

The girl subsequently informed her mother about the incidents when they were “staying elsewhere,” after her mother and Espinoza argued, Brown stated.

A month after he began investigating the first accusation against Espinoza, the girl’s mother informed him of another possible victim, a girl younger than 14 whom Espinoza is alleged to have touched intimately while staying overnight at her mother’s house in Chesterton following a bunco party in 2011 or 2012, Brown stated.

In an interview the second girl stated that, sometime during the night, she woke up on a couch next to Espinoza--although she remembered having been on the floor--and felt him touching her, Brown stated.

Espinoza, for his part, denied acting inappropriately with either of the two girls, Brown stated.

 

Posted 7/12/2017

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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