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Man charged with seven counts of child molesting

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The Valparaiso man who wounded himself with a box cutter on Tuesday, after being accused of inappropriate sexual contact with three juveniles, has been charged with seven counts of child molesting.

Each count against Todd Lange, 47, is a Class A felony, punishable by a term of 20 to 50 years.

Lange was formally charged on Thursday.

All three of the alleged victims are relatives of Lange’s. Two are under 15, one is now a young woman.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Det. Darryl Henson, two of the alleged victims agreed to be interviewed. One did not. The two described multiple molestations over a period of years, Henson stated in his affidavit.

One of the two said that Lange would “guilt trip” her and promise to “buy her things,” Henson also stated.

Lange, for his part, admitted the molestations.

“I asked Todd if he believed that he needed some counseling or help with this,” Henson stated. Lange’s response, according to Henson: “I’m a dead man, dude, and you know that.”

PCSP detectives were investigating the girls’ allegations on Tuesday when a family member advised that Lange was threatening to hurt himself with a box cutter. Detectives, assisted by the PCSP Flex Team, were subsequently able to locate Lange, using cell phone GPS coordinates, in the basement of a residence in the 100 south block of Ind. 2 in Porter Township, police said.

Lange was found with “deep lacerations” to his forearms, near his wrists, which were “bleeding profusely,” police said.

Lange was treated for his “self-inflicted injuries” at Porter Regional Hospital, then transported to Porter County Jail.





Posted 1/17/2014