Portage man faces five more counts of molesting

2013-07-23T12:21:00Z 2013-07-24T10:16:07Z Portage man faces five more counts of molestingBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | A Portage man, who pleaded not guilty last month to accusations of molesting a 3-year-old boy, is now charged with five additional counts involving three other children.

Eric Knowles, 36, of 6175 Abercorn St., is charged with two A felony and three C felony counts of child molesting.

This is in addition to the original A felony count of child molesting.

A felonies carry a potential of 20 to 50 years behind bars.

Knowles has denied at least some of the most recent allegations, blaming the mother of one of the purported victims of corrupting her daughter and the child's grandmother of seeking his money, according to police.

Another of the purported victims reportedly told police Knowles said if she told anyone about the abuse, "then that person would get hurt and so would she."

The most recent accusations involve the period of May 2012 and June 2013, according to court records.

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