VALPARAISO | Bond was set Monday at $60,000 for a Hebron man charged with five A felony counts of child molesting.
Prosecutors had sought a $100,000 cash bond for Larry Martin based on the severity of the allegations and a lengthy criminal record dating back to his juvenile years.
Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford agreed to a $60,000 cash or surety bond after Martin asked for a reasonable amount that would allow him to go back to work to hire a private attorney.
Martin said he has evidence to defend himself against the most recent accusations and is a changed person from his earlier criminal offenses.
A girl under the age of 14 told police she and Martin had sex "too many times to count" between Aug. 1, 2012 and March 2.
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.
When questioned by police in April, Martin denied having sex with the girl and claimed it was an attempt by her mother to set him up and send him back to prison.
Each of the five A felony counts Martin faces carries a potential sentence of 20 to 50 years behind bars. Not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf.
Martin was appointed the services of a public defender and a status hearing was scheduled for Dec. 16.