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Updated: December 4, 2012 6:12AM



Merrillville

CP man trapped
in teen’s closet

A Crown Point man has been charged with sexual misconduct with a minor involving a 15-year-old girl.

Sterling Day, 20, of the 9800 block of Lincoln Street, was arrested after the girl’s mother found him hiding in the closet of her Merrillville home.

Day told police he met the girl through Facebook and she invited him to her home on Halloween because her mother would be gone. Day said when the girl told him she was 15, he responded, “Are you serious?” the probable cause affidavit states.

Hammond

Man admits to having child pornography

A Hammond man will plead guilty to one count of possessing child pornography, although without a plea deal with federal attorneys, according to a notice filed Friday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond.

Jon William Zondor, 70, was charged a year ago after woman who has known him for 20 years went to the FBI. She claimed her son found child pornography images on Zondor’s computer and that Zondor had touched her inappropriately when she was around 16 to 18 years old.

Zondor’s change of plea hearing is set for Nov. 20.

Habitat for Humanity burglar sentenced

Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. sentenced a Hammond man who was on probation for theft to 36 months in prison for burglary.

Michael Angelo Cervantes, 21, removed plywood from the window of a building in the 900 block of Sibley Street, Hammond and took copper tubing from the basement. The property belongs to Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana. The burglary occurred on July 25.

Cervantes, an admitted gang member, said he was “pushed” into the burglary after finding himself living on the streets.

Less than two years after Cervantes pleaded guilty to theft in an earlier burglary case, he was charged in the July break-in, deputy prosecutor Veronica Gonzalez said. The judge imposed 202 days in that case, the time he’s spent in custody since he arrest on the most recent case.

Cervantes’ plea agreement capped his sentence at 37 months. Defense attorney Herbert Shaps argued for leniency in light of Cervantes’ admission of guilt and his impoverished state.



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