Police: Man promised girl dolls if she would pose in her underwear
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent January 9, 2013 4:14PM
Matthew Noble. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet
Updated: February 11, 2013 7:33AM
VALPARAISO — Matthew Noble, 32, of rural Porter County, was accused in court Wednesday of using the promise of dolls to get a 6-year-old to pose provocatively while he fondled himself.
The activity allegedly happened between Dec. 28 and 31 while the young girl stayed at Noble’s rural Porter County home, in the 800 block of Opal Drive, during a time when Noble’s parents, who also live there, were out of the house.
When Noble returned the girl to her home, she told her parents she was embarrassed because he saw her in her underwear, and she saw him touching his private area. She said he invented a contest about taking the best picture in their underwear, and he would buy her all the Bratz dolls — which her parents won’t let her have — if she won, according to the affidavit filed in Porter Superior Court.
Noble voluntarily went to the Porter County Sheriff’s Department for questioning on Tuesday. He initially denied anything improper happened but eventually admitted to creating the contest and to the girl’s accusations. However, he said he did not take any photographs.
Noble was arrested Tuesday on a preliminary charge of vicarious sexual gratification, a class C felony. The charge was modified in court to performing sexual conduct in the presence of a minor, a lesser class D felony.