News article prompts boy to come foward with molestation accusations

2012-09-12T18:00:00Z 2012-09-13T11:21:03Z News article prompts boy to come foward with molestation accusationsBy Bob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com
September 12, 2012 6:00 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | A Westville-area man serving a two-year sentence for molesting an 11-year-old boy has been charged with molesting another child, who came forward after reading about the first case in the newspaper.

Randall York, 32, faces felony counts of child molesting, performing sexual conduct in the presence of a minor and child solicitation.

The latest boy to come forward is friends with the victim in the first case and both were staying overnight at York's parents' house in Jackson Township during the summer of 2010 when the alleged abuse occurred, according to court records.

The boy, who said he thought he was going to stay overnight at his friend's house, said York took him and his friend to a grocery store to buy candy and drinks, according to the charging information. The boy said York took them to his basement bedroom and when his friend fell asleep, accused York of crawling under the covers with him.

The boy said York exposed himself and after repeatedly failing to persuade the boy to touch him, forced the move and fondled the boy through his pants, according to court documents. The boy said York also showed him pornographic images and videos and attempted to persuade him to join in the use of a sexual device.

The following morning the boys were playing a video game in York's room when the friend left and York again exposed himself to the boy while masturbating, according to court documents. The incident was interrupted when the boy's mother called and wanted him home immediately upon learning he had stayed the night at York's house.

The boy told investigators he never mentioned the abuse to anyone and did not know any other children were molested until his mother cut out a newspaper article about York's earlier criminal case.

York had pleaded guilty in the first case to one count of felony child molesting based on allegations of befriending the 11-year-old boy in 2010 and hosting sleepovers at York's parents' home. He also was accused of taking the boy to a family vacation home in Tennessee.

York is serving his sentence at the New Castle Correctional Facility and his earliest possible release date is April 25, according to the Indiana Department of Correction website.

The new child molesting charge carries a potential sentence of two to eight years behind bars, with six months to three years on each of the other two counts.

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