Portage man given 118 years for molesting four

2014-02-25T13:15:00Z 2014-02-26T16:41:06Z Portage man given 118 years for molesting fourBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com
February 25, 2014 1:15 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | Portage resident Christopher Truman was sentenced Tuesday to 118 years behind bars after being found guilty in December on nine counts of repeatedly sexually abusing four boys and/or young men.

Truman, 39, who maintains his innocence, showed no reaction to what amounts to a life sentence.

He plans to appeal.

The sentence, which attorneys calculated amounts to just more than 79 years behind bars, went far beyond what was recommended by the county's adult probation department and is even a couple years longer than sought by prosecutors.

Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper cited the numerous victims and the large number of incidents when explaining the severity of the sentence.

She also said one of the victims has a mild mental challenge and was targeted with particularly severe forms of abuse.

Two of the boys told investigators the abuse occurred when Truman took them to Portage hotels, where they would swim, watch television and eat pizza.

The younger of the two boys said Truman took him to the hotel about three times a month since he was 7. The older boy said his abuse occurred at home and at hotels.

Another victim, who was 21 when the case came to light, told police Truman stepped in to fill the shoes of his absent father and routinely molested him between the ages of 11 and 17.

A fourth victim, who said Truman was close enough to his family that he referred to him as an uncle, said he awoke one night to find Truman molesting him.

Deputy Prosecutor Cheryl Polarek said Tuesday the abuse has had a significant impact on the young people and their families, which will go on for years.

Defense attorney Larry Rogers said during closing arguments in December that evidence presented during the trial by prosecutors was made up of outrageous testimony lacking corroboration and an adequate police investigation.

Polarek accused the defense of trying to place the focus anywhere but on Truman.

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