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Local man recharged with sexual misconduct

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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.



Posted 8/15/2014