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CROWN POINT — A Schererville man was charged last week with three counts of child molesting alleging he sexually abused a girl his wife was baby-sitting between 2013 and 2016.

David W. Davis, 56, is accused of touching the girl's breasts and private area when she spent the night at his home in the Cedar Point Apartments complex.

Police began investigating in January, after the girl's father discovered Davis had sent his daughter inappropriate text messages, Lake Criminal Court records say.

The girl told a counselor her father confronted Davis, and that Davis claimed someone was attempting to set him up by sending the messages, records state.

In an interview with police, the girl said Davis came into her room when she spent the night at his apartment and sexually abused her. She alleged the abuse began when she was 7 or 8 years old and continued until she was 9 or 10.

She said she knew Davis was touching her, because his hand was wrinkly and had large spots on it, documents state.

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Davis agreed to talk with police, but denied touching the girl in a sexual way, records say. 

At one point during the interview, Davis began switching between saying he didn't sexually abuse the girl and saying he didn't recall it, documents allege.

Davis also began trying to distance himself from the girl, saying he barely saw her, was working or did not have much contact with her, records allege.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.