Second man accused of sexting, sexual relations with 13-year-old

2013-08-14T19:45:00Z 2013-08-14T23:01:05Z Second man accused of sexting, sexual relations with 13-year-oldSusan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com, (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com
August 14, 2013 7:45 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Prosecutors have charged a second man with child molesting in connection with allegations of sexting and having sex with a Hammond teen.

Joseph Lenart, 27, of Hammond, is also alleged to have exchanged nude images with the 13-year-old.

The girl told authorities of having similar experiences with the 44-year-old father of a schoolmate, Dennis Eckhoff, who has been charged with three counts of child molesting.

The girl told police the interactions with Lenart began after the last incident involving Eckhoff, which was in mid-July, court records state.

According to an affidavit, the girl met Lenart at a restaurant where they exchanged telephone numbers.

Text messages quickly became sexual in nature and led to Lenart sending her nude photos, the affidavit states. The girl then sent Lenart a nude image of herself, records state. The girl told police she later was picked up by Lenart and taken to a home where they had sexual intercourse.

A review of text messages by police revealed discussions of the girl's fear of pregnancy and the possibility of Lenart serving as a substitute teacher at the girl's school.

Police said Wednesday that Lenart is not a teacher.

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