The Porter County
Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has re-filed charges against a Duneland man
accused of sexual misconduct with a boy more than six years ago, after the
original three counts were dismissed by a judge on the ground that the
statute of limitations had expired.
On Aug. 8, Randall
York, 34, was charged with three new counts of sexual misconduct with a
minor, two weeks after Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa dismissed the
three old ones.
This time, however,
the state included in the charging information its position that the statute
of limitations has not expired in this particular case because York
did, in the first place, “intentionally conceal evidence of the offense” by
telling the alleged victim “not to ever tell anyone” of it.
York is a convicted
sex offender, was sentenced in 2012 to two years in the Indiana Department
of Correction for molesting a boy younger than 14, and was released in
September 2013. York was still in prison when, in September 2012, the
Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed new charges against him of child
molesting, performing sexual conduct in the presence of a minor, and child
solicitation, after the mother of a friend of the boy molested in the first
case accused York of molesting him as well. Those charges are still pending.
The three counts
filed against York on Aug. 8 are the result of a complaint against York made
by a man who was 14 in 2006 and living in Duneland at the time. That man
reported to investigators that he met York through a “week-long youth
conference” at his church and that York had occasional intimate contact with
him until January 2008, according to the probable cause affidavit filed by
the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
One of the counts
of sexual misconduct with a minor filed against York is a Class B felony
punishable by a term of six to 20 years; the other two are both Class C
felonies, punishable by a term of two to eight years.