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CROWN POINT — A Hammond man was charged Friday with repeatedly molesting a friend's daughter after he was allowed to live with the family on and off for several years because of "unfortunate circumstances," records state.

Carl W. Toyne, 59, was being held Monday without bail on three counts of child molesting and one count of attempted child molesting.

The 12-year-old girl told police Toyne was like an uncle to her, records state.

On three occasions between August 2017 and January 2018, Toyne sexually abused the girl while she was sleeping or watching television in a back room, records state. 

The girl attempted to tell a family member, but he did not let others know, records state. She then went to her father, who notified police.

The father told police he allowed Toyne to stay at the home after Toyne was evicted from his own home, records state. Toyne slept in the back room where the alleged abuse occurred.

Not guilty pleas were entered on Toyne's behalf during an initial hearing Monday, records show. A bail hearing is set for Tuesday before Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez.

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