Valpo man pleads guilty in child sex case

2014-01-31T14:26:00Z 2014-02-01T22:45:13Z Valpo man pleads guilty in child sex caseBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com
January 31, 2014 2:26 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso man accused of holding a gun to the head of a young teenager and demanding sexual acts pleaded guilty Friday.

Wayne Han II will be sentenced to 20 years behind bars and 10 years on probation if the plea is accepted by Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa.

Han, 37, pleaded guilty to a Class A felony count of attempted deviate sexual conduct while armed, according to his public defender, Bob Harper.

Alexa will decide March 28 whether to accept the plea and carry out sentencing.

Han had initially claimed insanity in the case, but evaluations found he was sane enough to stand trial.

Harper said he plans to introduce information about Han's mental health in hope of securing approval of the plea.

The 13-year-old girl in the case told her friends Han came into her bedroom Nov. 29 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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