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Hammond man found guilty of 2010 sex assault

Updated: May 13, 2014 6:10AM



A Lake Superior Court jury on Friday convicted a Hammond man of four felonies in connection with a sexual assault on a teenage girl in 2010.

Jurors deliberated about seven hours spanning two days before convicting Facundo M. Callejas, 53, of sexual misconduct with a minor, two counts of criminal confinement and sexual battery.

They were unable to reach a verdict on two other felony charges, rape and sexual misconduct with a minor. Judge Pro Tem Raymond Kickbush declared a mistrial on those charges and scheduled a May 30 hearing. Deputy Prosecutor Reginald Marcus said he plans to retry Callejas on the two charges.

Evidence presented by Marcus and Deputy Prosecutor Salina Malone showed the 15-year-old victim and her sister were spending several weeks during the summer of 2010 with relatives in Hammond. The girls and their cousins were swimming at the home of a friend of the victim’s aunt in the 6300 block of Tennessee Avenue in Hammond, where Callejas forced the teen into a bedroom and sexual assaulted her.

The victim, now 19, testified at trial that she was afraid to tell anyone but revealed what had happened in an essay she wrote for a high school class about the saddest day of her life. An investigation began in March 2013, nearly three years after the crime.

In 2011, Callejas pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor involving a different victim and was sentenced to four years in prison, with two suspended and to be served on probation.

Callejas violated his probation and was sent to prison to complete his sentence in 2012.



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