LAPORTE | A man police accuse of sexually abusing two LaPorte-area girls is in jail thanks to a text message concerning the allegations forwarded to authorities.
Dennis Sevick, 57, is charged in LaPorte Circuit Court with 28 counts of Class D felony child seduction.
Each count carries a maximum three-year sentence. Sevick was arrested Friday at his place of work after Judge Tom Alevizos found there was sufficient evidence from the investigation to bring charges.
According to court documents, the girls, who are both in their late teens now, started being sexually abused in the middle school at a LaPorte County home. Both girls gave similar descriptions of Sevick laying down next to them in bed and fondling them.
One of the girls said those encounters "typically occurred on a daily basis" and "for as long as she could remember," court records disclosed. The girls also told police Sevick frequently kissed them and made them kiss him.
LaPorte County Sheriff's Department officers were assigned the case in August 2011 when notified by child welfare authorities in Kansas. The girls kept the alleged encounters to themselves until one of them began texting a relative, who lives in Kansas, about Sevick's behavior.
According to court records, Sevick has since relocated to Three Oaks, Mich.
Alevizos set bond at $10,000 cash on a motion by prosecutors who felt a higher bond was necessary.
LaPorte County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Robert Neary expressed concern Sevick was flight risk given his residence is out of state and his employer is in St. Joseph County.