VALPARAISO | Felony child molesting charges have been filed against a Hebron man accused of having sex with a girl under 14 "too many times to count" between Aug. 1, 2012, and March 2.
According to the affidavit filed by the Porter County prosecutor's office on Monday, Larry Shawn Martin, 39, had been in a relationship with the girl's mother, who was living with Martin, the girl and a second child. The mother and the two children moved out in late 2012 after the mother suffered physical and emotional abuse, she told police.
The mother learned of the relationship between Martin and her daughter in March after getting a text message from Martin's ex-wife that included a picture of her daughter's buttocks clad only in her underwear. The ex-wife said the picture had been sent to Martin at his request.
When the mother confronted her, the daughter admitted to having sex with Martin "too many times to count" starting in November while they were all living together. After they moved out, the sexual relationship continued with the two meeting at several locations and also communicating through Facebook and Yahoo, police were told.
The girl said Martin told her not to tell anyone because, if he went to jail, when he got out, he would "bring payback," the affidavit states. He told the girl he loved her but he would hurt her and her mother if she ever told anyone. The mother said she had also been warned of a possible inappropriate relationship by a school counselor.
When questioned by police in April, Martin denied having sex with the girl and claimed it was an attempt by the mother to set him up and send him back to prison. The mother had obtained a protective order against Martin after she moved out prohibiting contact with her or her children, but he refused to obey it.
Police downloaded copies of conversations between the girl and Martin from her Facebook and Yahoo accounts and found the word "love" used more than 90 times in the 112 pages. Other conversations refer to the need to permanently erase things.
Martin was in custody Thursday.