Child molesting charges dropped against Cedar Lake man
Post-Tribune staff report September 27, 2012 4:24PM
Allen James Vitoux, 37, of Cedar Lake, was charged in Lake Superior Court with burglary, two counts of forgery, two counts of fraud on a financial institution, residential entry and theft after his grandmother called police after discovering a check missing and money withdrawn from her accounts. The woman told police Vitoux had visited her Merrillville home with a female companion who engaged the grandmother in conversation while Vitoux roamed the house. The woman suspected a check was taken from her Chase Bank account during Vitoux’ visit, which was the first in several months. Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 29, 2012 6:56AM
A child molesting case was dismissed against a Cedar Lake man who had been charged earlier this year.
The charges, based on allegations between May 2002 and May 2005, were dropped against Allen James Vitoux, 38, after prosecutors spoke with the alleged victim’s guardian and determined they could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. granted the state’s request to dismiss the case on Sept. 20.
In May, Stefaniak sentenced Vitoux to 50 months in prison for forgery after Vitoux admitted he signed his grandmother’s name to checks and accessed more than $7,000 from her bank account.
During his 2006 trial, jurors acquitted Vitoux of murder in the strangulation and suffocation death of his mother, Abbie Vitoux, 52, who was found dead in June 2005 in her Crown Point apartment.