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Portage man pleads guilty to molestation; other news in brief

Updated: October 5, 2013 6:28AM



Man offers plea deal in molestation case

VALPARAISO — A Portage man has pleaded guilty to molesting a girl from 1988 to 1998, from her preteens until she was about 16.

Roger L. Tanner, 49, faces up to 10 years in prison and 10 years on probation when sentenced Oct. 11.

Tanner originally had faced 20 to 50 years in prison on a class A felony child molesting charge before he offered a plea bargain on Friday.

Court documents said repressed memories came back when the victim tried to re-establish a relationship with another relative, and the molestation continued during weekend visitations even though he wasn’t a biological parent.

Charges dropped in disorderly conduct case

VALPARAISO — The Porter County Prosecutor dropped charges against a Portage woman who took a beer from a neighbor’s outside refrigerator and drank it on his porch until she resisted arrest, attempting to kick and bite an officer.

Crystal L. Patrick, 35, faced Class D felony theft, misdemeanor resisting arrest and misdemeanor disorderly conduct from the May 31 incident and Class D felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor trespass for an Oct. 15 incident where she vandalized a neighbor’s vehicles.

Deputy Prosecutor Rebecca Buitendorp said that a court appointed guardian determined that Patrick’s parents had secured their home to deal with her special needs and it was safe again.

The charges were dismissed without prejudice, so the prosecutor’s office could reinstate them again.

Two charge in check-stealing scheme

VALPARAISO — Two LaPorte residents have been charged with Class D felony theft for allegedly stealing for checks from a Porter County residence and cashing them for $700.

Keith A. King, 29, and Krystle M. Catlin, 29, each face up to three years in prison on Class D felony theft charges.

According to court documents, the theft occurred before Aug. 18, although those documents didn’t provide details of the theft or motive.

Neither King nor Catlin was listed as being in custody at Porter County Jail, but King’s bail bond is set at $1,500, while Catlin will be held without bail bond because she was already out on bond in another crime at the time of the latest incident.



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