VALPARAISO | Bond was set at $50,000 Friday for a Valparaiso man accused of holding a handgun to the head of a young teenager Nov. 29 at her home and demanding sexual acts.
Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa granted the amount requested by prosecutors, but said it is temporary and will be reconsidered after more facts are in and Wayne Han II has had time to meet with the public defender granted to him Friday.
Han must post the full $50,000 in cash to be released.
The 35-year-old is charged with two Class A felony counts of attempted child molesting, both of which carry a potential sentence of 20 to 50 years behind bars.
Han, who stared down at the table during his initial hearing and had to be asked to speak up, told the judge several times he did not understand the charges as they were read to him or what was going on. Alexa responded by repeating the details of the charges and verifying Han's understanding along the way.
The case came to light when the 13-year-old purported victim told two of her friends about the incident and the friends shared the information with a middle school counselor.
The girl told her friends Han came into her bedroom during the early morning hours, climbed on top of her, placed a hand over her mouth and stuck the gun to her head, according to charging information. Han reportedly told the girl he wanted to touch her sexually.
The girl said she was allowed to go to the bathroom before anything further occurred and then reported the incident to her mother. Han told the girl's mother he went to the bedroom because he thought the girl was having a nightmare, police said.
Han reportedly told police he awoke that morning with suicidal thoughts. While contemplating whether to kill himself, he reportedly heard a thud in the girl's room and decided he wanted to be with her more than he wanted to die.
Han said he did not point the barrel of the gun at the girl's head and would not have shot her, but said the girl would not have known that, police said.
Han reportedly told police he had propositioned the girl two months earlier.
Pleas of not guilty were entered Friday on behalf of Han and a trial was scheduled for May 6, with preliminary hearings March 8 and April 5.