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Brandon Shipman

Brandon Shipman

VALPARAISO — A 28-year-old Porter man was sentenced to four years on probation Monday after admitting to having sex a few years ago with a girl he knew was 15 years old.

Brandon Shipman pleaded guilty to a felony count of sexual misconduct with a minor and will thus have to register as a sex offender and live according to those state restrictions, according to court records.

He also is required to undergo HIV testing and take part in a sex-offender program.

The offense in question occurred in March 2015 when Shipman was 23, according to court records.

The girl's family reported the allegations after the girl began suffering from depression, cutting herself and using drugs and alcohol before she was admitted to a psychiatric unit, according to charging documents.

The girl reportedly told police at the time that Shipman reached out to her on Facebook. The pair had sex at his parents' home after he provided her with alcohol, and they had sexual contact in a vehicle on two other occasions, police said.

Shipman reportedly told the girl not to tell anyone "or he would get in trouble," police said.

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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.