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Hammond man gets 38 years for molesting child

Updated: December 15, 2012 6:22AM



Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a Hammond man to 38 years in prison for child molesting.

The judge imposed an aggravated sentence for Ventriss Ray-El Hulitt, 24, who gave the 9-year-old victim a sexually transmitted disease while molesting her between 2009 and 2010 in Merrillville.

Deputy prosecutor Catherine Breitweiser-Hurst said Hulitt violated a position of trust with the child, who was physically, psychologically and emotionally traumatized by the crimes. The girl testified at Hulitt’s jury trial, which concluded Oct. 19 after about two hours of deliberations with guilty verdicts for child molesting, a Class A felony punishable by 20 to 50 years, and child molesting, a Class C felony punishable by two to eight years. Breitweiser-Hurst asked the judge to impose a 40-year sentence.

Defense attorney Herbert Shaps argued for a mitigated sentence of less than 30 years in light of his client’s young age and lack of criminal history as an adult. Shaps noted his client will have to register as a sex offender for life once he’s released from prison and that Hulitt will be restricted in earning good-time credit days to one day for every six days of incarceration.

Hulitt made no statement before the judge imposed the sentence.



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