Law and Order Lake County
April 2, 2013 4:40PM
Updated: April 2, 2013 4:40PM
Man accused of molesting boy
Two counts of child molesting have been filed in Lake Superior Court against a former Crown Point man accused of molesting a boy when he was about 4 or 5 years old.
Shawn M. Hanzal, 36, of Greentown, Ind., faces to 20 to 50 years if convicted of the charges, which were filed based on allegations dating to 2004.
The victim told police he was molested around November 2004 to November 2006 at a home in the 100 block of Henderlong Parkway in Crown Point.
Coroner needs help on man’s ID
The coroner’s office seeks the public’s help in identifying and locating the family of an unidentified white male found dead Sunday in Munster by the Little Calumet River.
The man weighed about 220 pounds and was about 6-feet 1-inch tall with long salt and pepper hair. He was found on the river bank at Hawthorn and Ridge Road.
The man was wearing a brown T-shirt with “Dickies Brand Work Wear” on the front, and underneath was a long sleeved white T-shirt. He was wearing tan cargo pants with a black belt and on his feet were black and yellow Air Jordan tennis shoes.
Lake County Coroner Merilee Frey said the man had several tattoos on his upper left chest, just above his left knee, on his right forearm, on his upper right arm, on his right ankle and across his back.
Anyone with information can contact investigator Brandon Artim at 755-3265.
Sex acts with two girls alleged
Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr., sentenced an East Chicago man to 20 years in prison for engaging in sexual activity with two girls.
Dino Demetrius Hickmon Sr., 45, pleaded guilty on March 7 in the case, but in court on Tuesday he said he “didn’t have a proper attorney at the time” and admitted the allegations to avoid a prison sentence of up to 160 years.
Hickmon admitted between March 2004 and June 2005 he pulled down his pants and had a 6-year-old girl perform oral sex on him, and between May 2011 to July 2011 he digitally penetrated a girl when she was 10 to 11 years old. The crimes occurred in East Chicago.
The judge entered judgment of conviction on the charges following Hickmon’s guilty pleas, which occurred just days before his trial was set to begin. The plea agreement called for concurrent sentencing.
Deputy prosecutor Michelle Jatkiewicz argued for an 18-year sentence. She noted Hickmon’s criminal =history includes five felony convictions and that Hickmon failed probation.
Hickmon said the convictions stemmed from three cases.
Defense attorney Lemuel Stigler, Hickmon’s third attorney on the case, said he left it up to his client as to whether he would accept the plea agreement and explored his options thoroughly. Stigler filed a notice of alibi in anticipation of taking the case to trial but was unable to reach either of the individuals listed in the alibi filing.
The 20-year sentence is the maximum for the two charges. Three child molesting counts, all class A felonies punishable by 20 to 50 years, were dismissed under terms of the plea agreement.
Hickmon said he intends to appeal.