C.P. man's sex crime trial ends in hung jury

2014-02-26T18:39:00Z 2014-02-26T23:04:07Z C.P. man's sex crime trial ends in hung juryLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 26, 2014 6:39 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | After two days of deliberation, a jury on Tuesday could not come to a verdict in the case of a Crown Point man charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony.

Lake County prosecutors also charged Christopher Michael Bartosik, 26, with a Class C felony of sexual misconduct with a minor and two Class D felonies of sexual battery and criminal confinement in the incident that occurred in July 2013 in Griffith.

A no-contact order was issued on Feb. 3 by Lake Criminal Judge Salvador Vasquez.

With the hung jury, defense attorney John Cantrell on Wednesday filed a motion in Lake Criminal Court for a reduction in bond. Bartosik is currently being held without bail.

Bartosik will next appear in the case in Vasquez’s court on Friday. Court documents indicate Bartosik has outstanding warrants and other prior felony convictions in Illinois.

These include felony convictions for burglary, reckless driving and aggravated fleeing or eluding police.

On June 25, 2013, Bartosik was arrested in Portage and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, according to published reports in The Times.

When police arrived at the three-vehicle accident scene, a witness told them that a man, later identified as Bartosik, had fled on foot. Police spotted him at the south end of the 2700 block of Charlotte Street. Bartosik complied when he was ordered to the ground by police.

He allegedly told police he ran because he did not have a valid driver's license. After being medically cleared, Bartosik was transported to Porter County Jail.

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