VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso man faces two felony charges stemming from accusations he held a handgun to the head of a young teenager Thursday at her home and demanded sexual acts.
Wayne Han II, 35, faces two Class A felony counts of attempted child molesting, both of which carry a potential sentence of 20 to 50 years behind bars, according to police.
Police were notified about the allegations after the purported victim, who is 13, shared the story with two friends. They then went to a middle school counselor, according to authorities.
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 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.
The girl said when she returned home from school, Han's mother and sister were at the house and had taken Han's guns away.
Police said they interviewed Han on Friday and he said he woke Thursday 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.
He admitted to the accusations and said he decided not to molest the girl because she asked not to be touched, police said. Han reportedly told police he had propositioned the girl two months earlier.