Man found sane in attempted molest case

2013-10-04T18:56:00Z 2013-10-04T20:00:40Z Man found sane in attempted molest caseBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com
October 04, 2013 6:56 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso man, who is accused of holding a handgun to the head of a young teenager Nov. 29 and demanding sexual acts, has been found sane enough to stand trial.

Wayne Han II had claimed insanity, but after evaluations were carried out, it was decided Friday to schedule a Feb. 10 trial.

Defense attorney Robert Harper had said the insanity claim was based on letters he had received, and from conversations he had with Han and his family.

The 36-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.

A 13-year-old 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 escaped before anything further happened. Han reportedly told police he awoke that morning with suicidal thoughts and decided he wanted to be with the girl more than he wanted to die.

Han told police he had propositioned the girl two months earlier.

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