Man with molesting, murder convictions out of prison on parole

2013-08-10T17:30:00Z 2013-08-10T18:08:09Z Man with molesting, murder convictions out of prison on paroleStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 10, 2013 5:30 pm  • 

LAPORTE COUNTY | A man convicted of murdering a young brother and sister in Long Beach in the 1960s is out of prison again.

The Indiana sex offender registry lists Richard Dobeski living in Gary.

Dobeski, 65, was released July 22 after serving an 11-year sentence for child molesting and possession of child pornography.

Dobeski recently had filed a motion in LaPorte Circuit Court asking not to participate in an Indiana Department of Correction program aimed at keeping sex criminals from reoffending.

Judge Tom Alevizos on Friday denied the motion, saying the court has no jurisdiction over programs the DOC wants to impose on its offenders.

His first release was in 2003 for the 1964 slayings of his next door neighbors, Shawn and Cary Johnston, who were 6 and 3.

Dobeski in 2007 was living in Westville when he fondled a boy and was investigated for trying to lure other boys in Pulaski County.

Dobeski was not on a registry or on parole after his last release due to old laws governing his murder convictions, authorities said.

Now, he must be on the sex offender registry for life and is on parole until Augst 2015.

LaPorte County Deputy Prosecutor John Lake said such restrictions can't hurt in trying to keep Dobeski from possibly again hurting others.

"The more controls you have on him the better it is for the safety of the public, but you never know," said Lake.

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