Two Michigan City men will be serving lengthy prison sentences for sex crimes against children.
The case involving Raven McGinty was described by local officials as among the worst local cases ever.
McGinty was given a 45-year prison sentence on Sept. 5 by LaPorte Superior Court 1 Judge Kathleen Lang after pleading guilty to three counts of Class B felony child molesting.
"She called it one of the more horrific cases she had ever seen as a prosecutor or a judge," said LaPorte County Deputy Prosecutor Dave Ambers, who presented the case for the state.
According to Michigan City police, detectives became involved in June 2012 when a 9-year-old boy came forward with the allegations against McGinty.
Ambers said there were three victims all between the ages of 5 and 10 when the molestations started to occur and they happened "consistently over a several year period."
According to police, similar accusations against McGinty were investigated in 2007 but no charges resulted then because the allegations could not be substantiated.
Kenneth Keller also on Sept. 5 was given a 17-year prison sentence for molesting a child under the age of 14 in March 2013.
Ambers said many victims of sex crimes often don't come forward sooner because they are threatened with harm by their predators.
He said more victims are not hesitating in going to the proper authorities nowadays due to programs in places like the school that instruct children of sex offenses to come forward right away.
"Sometimes one victim will come forward to protect the another victim of the same person," Ambers said.