Portage man sentenced to 20 years for child molestation

2013-10-11T13:45:00Z 2013-10-12T20:35:06Z Portage man sentenced to 20 years for child molestationHeather Augustyn Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 11, 2013 1:45 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | A Portage man was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in August to child molesting.

Roger Tanner, of 2156 Liberty St., was charged with a Class A felony count of child molesting but pleaded to a Class B felony and received a sentence of 20 years with 10 years suspended to be served on formal probation.

Tanner was charged Sept. 24, 2012, with molesting a young girl between 1988 and 1998 after the girl, who is now married with a child, remembered the incidents that started when she was 4 years old.

Victim assistant Jacqueline Humphrey read a letter from the victim into record and said that it was after she moved back to the Portage area that her happy life began to fall apart with the memories.

"My soul and my body became very sick. I had night terrors, depression, I lost my faith, and I turned to alcohol as a way to self-medicate when the feelings started to resurface. I have just scratched the surface that this ordeal has brought on," she wrote.

The victim stated she was a "devoted, proud, loving wife" with a child on the way, working as a nurse when she recalled the trauma.

"I don’t look in the mirror often anymore, but when I do, I don’t see myself," she stated, calling Tanner a "two-faced demonic child molester."

She said she eventually will make peace in her own mind but takes solace knowing she has not only punished Tanner for his crimes, but she has prevented him from "screwing up anyone else’s life."

Tanner will receive credit for the 144 days in jail served and also will be required by the court to register as a sex offender, submit to HIV and DNA testing and pay fees.

Attending his sentencing hearing out on bond in plain clothes, he was immediately handcuffed and taken into custody.

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