October 11, 2008

Juan Lopez pleads guilty to child molestation

October 11, 2008

Post-Tribune staff report

A Hammond man admitted he attempted to molest a 12-year-old girl in November 2006. Juan Enrique Lopez, 35, of the 4700 block of Henry Avenue, pleaded guilty to child molesting in exchange for a 15-year prison sentence.

The plea agreement calls for prosecutors to drop a second case, sexual misconduct with a minor, involving a 15-year-old girl who told police Lopez had sex with her in September 2006. That case carried a maximum 20-year sentence.

Lopez originally faced from 20 to 50 years in prison on the original child molesting charge, which will be dropped at his Nov. 21 sentencing hearing before Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell.


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