A Portage man
convicted in December on nine counts of molesting four boys over a period of
years has been sentenced to more than a century in prison.
Christopher W. Truman, 39, with a listed address in the 1800 block of Center
Street, was sentenced to 118 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.
In her sentencing
order, Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper noted the following
* One of the Truman’s
victims is “mildly mentally retarded.”
* Truman molested
* The molestations
occurred with “great frequency.” One of the victims
testified that Truman molested him more than 600 times; another, that Truman
molested him more than 1,000 times.
Harper also noted
two mitigating factors:
will prove a “hardship” to Truman’s wife, as he’s her
* Truman has no
history of criminal convictions.
On Dec. 19 Truman
was convicted of the following:
* Three counts of
child molesting, filed as a Class A felony, punishable by a term of 20 to 50
* One count of
sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony, punishable by a term of
six to 20 years.
* Two counts of
sexual misconduct with a minor filed as a Class C felony, punishable by a
term of two to eight years.
* And three counts
of child molesting, filed as a Class C felony.
Three of the
victims were younger than 14 at the time; the fourth was younger than 16.
began on Aug. 4, 2013, when the parents of two of the victims confronted
Truman at a home in Valparaiso, where he was visiting friends. “Upon being
confronted, Truman ran inside the residence and locked the door,” according
to the probable cause affidavit filed by Det. Cpl. John Gildein of the
Porter County Sheriff’s Police.
dispatched to the scene subsequently persuaded Truman to leave the residence
and accept a ride to the Sheriff’s Department, where he agreed to speak with
Gildein. Truman told Gildein that he would commonly rent a room at a Portage
motel and bring one of the boys with him to swim, that the two “would watch
wrestling together in the hotel room and wrestle one another,” and that,
while wrestling, he “possibly” had intimate contact with the boy’s body.
the four victims gave more particular accounts. One--whose father has known
Truman “for many years” and who was close enough to
Truman to call him “uncle”--reported that
he awoke to find himself partially unclothed and Truman fondling him.
“Since that day, he has had bad dreams about the incident and
thinks about it a lot,” Gildein stated in his affidavit. The boy “said he
did not tell anyone about this incident until recently.”
Another of the
victims told Gildein that Truman had had intimate contact with him “over 100
times,” usually at a Portage motel, “until several months ago when he told
his mother that he no longer wished to go,” Gildein stated.
A third victim--now
an adult--told Gildein that he had not had “ a great
family life and did not have a father figure,” that “Truman stepped in and
attempted to be a father figure,” and that at some point Truman began
fondling him. The man also said that Truman “would pay him in U.S. currency
for touching him and to attempt to keep him quiet,” that eventually he tried
to tell a relative that Truman was abusing him but that the relative
“brushed the allegations aside” on the ground that he “was only seeking
attention,” and that finally he told Truman that “he did not want him
touching him any longer because he liked girls and was not gay.”