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Man accused of child molesting to be released after guilty plea to reduced charge

Man accused of child molesting to be released after guilty plea to reduced charge

Carl W. Toyne

Carl W. Toyne

CROWN POINT — A Hammond man accused of child molesting was expected to be released from jail Tuesday after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of battery.

Carl W. Toyne, 63, pleaded guilty to battery on a person less than 14 years old, a level 6 felony.

He initially was charged in January 2020 with three counts of child molesting and one count of attempted child molesting.

Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez asked defense attorney Sonya Scott-Dix and Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Tara Villarreal to explain how their negotiations led to a plea offer on the reduced charge.

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After a discussion at the bench, Vasquez said he accepted the attorneys' explanation and would approve the plea agreement.

Toyne had been accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl while living with her family in Hammond from 2017 to 2018.

Toyne had one conviction for operating while intoxicated more than 20 years ago, Scott-Dix said.

Vasquez sentenced Toyne to one year and gave him credit for 515 days served in jail while awaiting a resolution in his case.  


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