Portage police on lookout for convicted child molester
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent October 2, 2012 12:12PM
Valentin Limon | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
On Nov. 18, 2011, Valentin Limon was sentenced to three years behind bars and five years probation, after pleading guilty to molesting a girl under age 11 from October 2009 through March 2011.
The girl told investigators Limon threatened to harm her if she told anyone, so she did not report the abuse until he was behind bars for an unrelated incident.
Limon was released Sept. 17, less than one year after his conviction.
Sources: court records, Post-Tribune archives
Updated: October 2, 2012 10:16PM
PORTAGE — Police fear recently paroled child molester Valentin Limon is preparing to snatch his young son.
Since he was released two weeks ago, on Sept. 17, Limon reportedly has violated his probation repeatedly.
Meanwhile, the mother of Limon’s son told police she has seen him several times around town and he appears to be following them.
Sgt. Larry LaFlower, public information officer for the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, said police suspect Limon may be planning to grab the boy and asked that anyone who sees Limon call him directly at 477-3102.
As a convicted sex offender, Limon, 34, registered his address with the Porter County Sheriff’s Department on Sept. 19, reporting he was living at the Dollar Inn. Police called the motel to confirm this on Sept. 25 and learned Limon had checked out Sept. 20. According to police reports, Limon also missed court-ordered counseling on Sept. 24 and failed to show up for an appointment with his probation officer on Sept 26.
Police informed Limon’s victim on Sept. 26 that they don’t know where he is.
On Monday, Porter County Superior Court Judge William Alexa issued a bench warrant to arrest Limon for the probation violations.
Because state code only allows sex offenders three days to notify police of a change of address, Limon also will be charged with failure to register as a sex offender, a Class C felony.
Limon, who has a teardrop tattoo under his right eye, is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 190 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair.