Police: Man tried to silence accuser

2011-08-09T12:56:00Z Police: Man tried to silence accuserBy Jeff Burton jeff.burton@nwi.com, (219) 548-4354 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | A man behind bars and facing a child molestation charge now faces a series of additional criminal charges after police said he tried to silence the alleged victim and possible witnesses.

Douglas Christopher, 58, of Valparaiso, was charged in May with a Class C felony count of child molesting on accusations he fondled a girl under the age of 14 on three separate occasions.

The girl reportedly told police that on one of the three occasions Christopher offered her $20 each time she indicated he could touch her by saying "green light," as opposed to "red light."

Late last week, a judge tacked on three felony counts for attempting to obstruct justice and three misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy.

According to court documents, those charges stem from a series of recorded conversations between Christopher and the mother of the alleged victim.

Detectives with the Valparaiso Police Department said between June 1 and July 20, Christopher was recorded telling the woman to tell her daughters, one the alleged victim and another a possible witness, that as soon as they were 18, she'd kick them out of her home, unless they changed their stories.

"Try to get into those girls' heads and drop this crap," Christopher said on the recordings.

Police said a later conversation centered around the woman's son, also a potential witness in the case.

"Tell (him) he better keep his mouth shut," Christopher could be heard saying on the recordings. "You better get to those girls, too."

At his initial hearing in May, Porter Superior Judge Roger Bradford denied Christopher bond after learning he was on probation out of California for a 1988 offense at the time logged as cruelty to a child with great bodily injury.

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