Skip to main content
You are the owner of this article.
You have permission to edit this article.
Former FBI official to face 6-year-old rape case involving babysitter next week
alert urgent

Former FBI official to face 6-year-old rape case involving babysitter next week

James Luttinen

James Luttinen

VALPARAISO — A Porter County man, who once held high-level clearance while working for the FBI, is to face jurors next week on accusations of raping a 16-year-old babysitter at his Lakes of the Four Seasons home just more than six years ago.

The case involving 39-year-old James Luttinen has been delayed more than two dozen times over the years, according to court records.

The trial is scheduled to kick off Tuesday before Porter Superior Court Judge Mike Fish, who only took over his post at the start of the year.

Luttinen is accused of raping the girl July 18, 2015, according to court records.

Ride along with Officer Jimmy Weller as he patrols the region's border of Lake Michigan as part of the Lake County Sheriff's Marine Unit. Video by Connor Burge. 

The girl reportedly told police Luttinen bought her wine coolers after picking her up for a babysitting job. The girl said she drank a few and was feeling drunk when Luttinen and his wife returned from their evening out, police said.

She said she consumed a Jello shot offered to her by Luttinen, blacked out and awoke to Luttinen having sex with her.

He only stopped because his wife walked in and yelled after seeing what he was doing, the girl told police.

His wife reportedly told police she saw her husband kiss the girl on the lips shorty before walking in on them. She did not call police and later told them she "could not be the one to tell on James because she could not do that to her sons."

Luttinen reportedly asked his wife to tell the girl he was sorry and that "she could punch him if she wanted to."

5-year-old Porter County rape case continued again

Luttinen, who was interviewed with his attorney present, reportedly explained himself in part to police by saying he was drunk and "there was a young, good-looking girl, rubbing up against me."

He said the girl pursued the sex and verbally affirmed that was what she wanted when asked, police said.

He said it dawned on him what he was doing once his wife yelled at him, and he "freaked out at that point."

During a bond hearing early on in the case, it was revealed Luttinen was working as an information technology specialist for the FBI, with high-level clearance.

Three days have been set aside for the trial.


Sign up for our Crime & Courts newsletter

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

Related to this story

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alerts

Breaking News


Entertainment & Dining

Latest News

Local Sports

NWI Prep Sport News

Weather Alerts