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Jonathan Miano, The Times

CROWN POINT — A 36-year-old man is accused of groping two girls at a Hammond home and Whihala Beach in Whiting.

Jose Tirado was charged Friday in Lake Criminal Court with child molesting, a level 4 felony, and sexual misconduct with a minor, a level 5 felony.

A 14-year-old girl reported to her mother Jan. 7 that Tirado groped her over her clothing at a home in the 7400 block of Monroe Avenue in Hammond, according to a probable cause affidavit.

An 11-year-old girl told police Tirado also groped her Jan. 7, as well as on four other occasions. She said Tirado had once inappropriately touched her at Whihala Beach in Whiting.

Tirado has previously used the name Jose Javier Tirado Mendieta, the affidavit states.

A warrant was issued Friday for Tirado's arrest, court records state. His surety bond is $65,000.

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Courts and social justice reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.