VALPARAISO | Porter Township resident Todd Lange, who is accused of molesting three young sisters over several years, was awarded the services of a public defender Friday after declining to ask his family for help.
"I wouldn't ask them," the 47-year-old said.
Lange hung his head low and looked down at the table in front of him as the seven Class A felony child molesting charges were read during his initial hearing.
Pleas of not guilty were entered on his behalf and unlike many defendants, he did not voice interest in pursuing a bond when the issue was brought up by the court.
"I didn't ask for bond," Lange said.
One of the three purported victims said she was 3 or 4 when the sexual abuse began and it continued until she was 9, police said. Another girl said she was abused through the age of 16, and the third said it occurred to her between the ages of 5 and 12.
The girls also told police Lange would show them child and adult pornography on his computer.
Lange reportedly admitted to the offenses and said he always asked the girls if it was OK, police said.
"It was important to Todd that they did enjoy it," according to the charging documents.
Police said when they asked Lange if he thought he needed counseling, he responded, "I'm a dead man, dude, and you know that."
Lange was taken into custody Tuesday after officers found him in the basement of a Porter Township house, where he had slit his wrists, police said.
He reportedly told police he attempted suicide because he did not want his family to deal with the situation.
"He also stated that he tried to stop it before," police said.
Further court dates were set for March 24 and April 28.