Hammond man's rape trial begins

2014-04-07T20:15:00Z 2014-04-07T23:09:07Z Hammond man's rape trial beginsLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 07, 2014 8:15 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Hammond man charged with the rape of a New Jersey teen who was visiting the family’s home in 2010.

In June 2013, Facundo Martinez Callejas, 53, was charged with two Class B felony counts of rape and sexual misconduct with a minor; two Class C felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and criminal confinement; and two Class D felony counts of sexual battery and criminal confinement.

A court-appointed interpreter is translating for Callejas during the trial before Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell.

At the time charges were filed, Callejas already was serving time in state prison on sexual misconduct charges unrelated to this case.

A probable cause affidavit states New Jersey authorities contacted local law enforcement after New Jersey school officials reported an essay in which the girl wrote about the saddest day of her life, explaining how she was raped when she was 15 years old.

The girl told authorities the abuse occurred when she was visiting family in Hammond during the summer of 2010. The girl and other family members were taken to the home of a family friend, where Callejas allegedly pulled her into a bedroom and forced her to have sexual intercourse.

She told police she was scared and crying while trying to push Callejas off but wasn't strong enough. Callejas threatened to "go after her sisters and cousins" if she tried to scream, according to the affidavit.

Callejas' wife told police her children were in the care of the Indiana Department of Child Services during the same summer because of prior allegations against Callejas, the affidavit states.

The trial continues Tuesday.

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