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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 11:40 am 
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Hammond woman admits to sex with minor

A 24-year-old Hammond woman on Wednesday pleaded guilty to sexual battery for fondling a minor depicted as mentally deficient.

Heather Gerenda had been charged with three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, which were dismissed in exchange for her plea.

Gerenda admitted to meeting with the minor between Aug. 10 and 23 when they would kiss, eventually leading to touching the victim sexually.

The victim is so mentally deficient that consent to the touching could not be given, according to the plea document.

Gerenda's sentencing will be argued June 21 before Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez.

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Hammond man pleads guilty to molesting five children

By Times Staff | Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 4:45 pm | 1 Comment

A 63-year-old Hammond man pleaded guilty Thursday to molesting five children.

Francisco Avila initially had faced 10 felony charges in the sexual assaults, which occurred between 2003 and 2009, according to plea documents.

The youngest victim was 5 years old at the time of the assault, court records state.

In pleading guilty to five counts of child molesting, Avila agreed to serve 40 years each on two Class A felonies and four years each on three Class C felonies.

All sentences are to be served concurrently for a total of 40 years based on the maximum 40-year term, court records state.

A sentencing hearing for Avila is scheduled for July 14 before Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr.

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Teen arrested in connedtion with Hammond shooting last week

By Steve Zabroski Times Correspondent | Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:05 am | (2)

HAMMOND | A 15-year-old East Hammond youth was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with a shooting last week just blocks from his home, police said.

The teen was taken into custody shortly after 5 a.m. at a house in the 1000 block of Eaton Street, police said, where he was staying with family members.

Ammunition and a .380 caliber handgun believed used in a June 7 assault in the 800 block of Becker Street were also found inside the house, police said.

Residents at the Becker Street address told detectives that their front door was kicked in at 9:30 p.m. and three people burst into the home and began shooting.

No one was injured in the attack, but investigators reported finding several bullet holes in walls, and numerous spent shell casings on the floor of the home.

The teen was held as a juvenile on an alleged criminal gang activity charge Wednesday.

Detectives said they would seek attempted murder and criminal recklessness charges against him from prosecutors, and the case could be waived to adult court.

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Hammond man admits strangling neighbor to death June 7

HAMMOND | A man arrested Monday has admitted he strangled a neighbor to death in her apartment two weeks ago, police said.

Friends told police they had not seen Denise M. Collier, 54, in several days, and officers discovered her body June 7 after being let into her flat in the 6100 block of Harrison Avenue by the building's manager.

Working from a series of tips, detectives said they called a 22-year-old man who also lived in the Harrison Park area to the station for an interview, during which he confessed to the crime.

Charges are expected to be presented to the Lake County prosecutor's office by Wednesday.

"We feel we have the correct suspect in custody," Police Chief Brian Miller said. The man's identity and more details will be released when he is charged.

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Child molester, formerly of Hammond, released after plea

A Lake Criminal Court judge released a former Hammond man from jail five years after his arrest for child molesting.

Judge Diane Boswell imposed an 8-year sentence Monday on 41-year-old Dewayne S. Thomas and then ordered him to be released to his family for already having served enough time in pre-trial custody.

Thomas pleaded guilty Monday to molesting two boys between 1997 and 2000 when he was living with a Hammond family in the now-demolished River Park Apartments complex in Hammond. The boys were less than 10 years old.

Defense lawyer Casey McCloskey said the case took unusually long to complete because Thomas was undergoing psychiatric treatment in the jail and at a state mental facility in Logansport. Thomas suffers from schizophrenia and it was unclear for a time whether he was mentally competent to stand trial.

McCloskey said Thomas' family will attempt to have him hospitalized. Thomas will have to register as a sex offender.

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Fondling charge will get man two years in prison

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell sentenced a Hammond man to four years for sexual misconduct with a minor.

Facundo Callejas, 50, was ordered to serve two years in prison, followed by two years on probation, after he admitted he fondled the girl’s thigh between May 2008 and November 2009.

Callejas had faced a maximum 20-year sentence on the original sexual misconduct with a minor charge. He pleaded guilty to a Class C felony, punishable by a maximum eight-year sentence.

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Hammond man gets 10 years for assaulting, confining teen


A 21-year-old Hammond man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for confining a teenage girl to a backyard shed where she was sexually assaulted for 11 days.

Francisco Gamez IV had faced multiple charges, including rape, criminal deviate conduct, sexual battery, criminal confinement and strangulation.

He pleaded guilty to criminal confinement and agreed to a 10-year sentence in exchange for the dismissal of the remaining charges.

The victim, then 17, told authorities Gamez held her and her 16-month-old daughter for 11 days in September 2010 in a shed behind a residence in the 7100 block of Southeastern Avenue.

The shed was drywalled, had tile floors and electricity. It was equipped with an air mattress, television and electronic games.

The girl told police she was assaulted daily until the couple took the girl's baby to the main house to be fed. She and the baby escaped after Gamez went to work and a relative of Gamez was in the shower.

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Nude photos suspect still in custody

A Hammond man remains in federal custody without bond after being charged with providing alcohol to his teenage daughter's friends and taking pictures of them in various states of undress while they were at his house.

Steven E. Lewis, a Lake County correctional officer, was arrested Aug. 5. He had a probable cause hearing Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Rodovich where he asked to be released to home confinement. He was denied.

Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said the Hammond Police Department initiated the investigation in late July after three teen girls reported that while visiting a friend in the 7500 block of Jefferson Avenue, their friend's father provided alcohol to them and later took pictures of them without their knowledge.

Miller said Sgt. Chris Matonovich and Sgt. Mark Biller began questioning the girls, and called in the Department of Homeland Security and a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit because of the nature of the complaint involving pictures of teens and use of the Internet.

"A search warrant was served on his home," Miller said. "Immigration conducted the search. The teenagers came to us and we did the initial report."

Miller said he is not aware that Lewis was in any trouble with the police before.

According to the federal complaint on approximately July 21, a 16-year-old girl reported to police Lewis had taken photographs of her while she was asleep, and while these pictures were being taken, her shirt was up exposing her breasts.

Officers eventually talked to all three girls who said they were at their friend's house lounging around on the deck in the pool area. They told police their friend's father allegedly bought them alcoholic beverages, and they ended the night intoxicated.

One of the girls woke early in the morning and reportedly observed Lewis get his camera and take pictures of them. She told police she was scared and pretended to be sleeping. Once he left, she woke the other two girls and they all left the house.

One of the girls told her grandparents what happened, according to the report. One of the girls had a key to the house and once Lewis and his daughter were gone, they returned and took the digital camera and turned it over to authorities. The girls reportedly found other images of themselves on the camera, using the bathroom and getting in and out of the shower.

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Hammond man pleads guilty to child molesting


CROWN POINT | A 56-year-old Hammond city worker agreed Wednesday to a four-year sentence in pleading guilty to child molesting.

Charles Bean admitted to molesting a girl, then 13, between August 2006 and August 2007.

Bean knew the girl and her parents through church affiliation, plea documents state.

Court documents state the girl told police the incidents occurred in Bean's Hammond home and in vacant houses in which Bean worked during summer months.

Bean on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a single count of child molesting. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and a single count of rape.

Bean is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 9 when it will be argued how Bean will serve his four-year sentence.

Bean could be sentenced to prison or work release.

A veteran Hammond Streets Department worker, Bean was general foreman when charged in 2008. He no longer works for the city.

Read more: http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake ... z1Y2uimEto

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Hammond man waives indictment in federal child porn case



By Lindsay Machak lindsay.machak@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 | Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 5:00 pm

HAMMOND | A local man is not demanding a federal indictment in a case that alleges he was in possession of child pornography, according to a motion filed in federal court Monday.

Steven E. Lewis is currently negotiating a pre-indictment plea agreement to the single count of possession of child pornography stemming from allegations that he photographed and video-taped a 16-year-old in his home without her knowledge.

Read more: http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake ... z1YRnZuXox

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Hammond man accused of stalking, raping woman

Post-Tribune staff report September 21, 2011 5:16PM


Rape and stalking charges have been filed in Lake Superior Court against a Hammond man.

Miguel Torres Arreola, 39, of the 4600 block of Towle Avenue, is charged with sexually assaulting a woman in April and May at her home.

The woman told police she had met Arreola through a friend around July 2010, and he invited her to escort him to various functions as a friend. With her husband’s permission, she went to functions with Arreola. After one such event, however, he made his feelings known and said he wanted to have sex with her, but she refused.

Sometime in April, Arreola knocked on the door of her home, pushed his way inside, again expressed his interest in having sex with her, and said he could harm her spouse and other family. The woman told police she “let him take it from her” without resisting because she was afraid of him and feared he would have her deported, the probable cause affidavit states. The woman said Arreola had sex with her in May against her will.

In mid-June, Arreola forced his way into the home, took her to a bedroom, demanded sex and began calling her names, then left.

The woman said she and her family have moved to avoid Arreola, who continues to call her cell phone and hide in the neighborhood, where she has seen him watching her and her family.

Arreola has a pending stalking case filed in September 2010 for which he has never been arrested.

The new charges are punishable by a maximum 20-year sentence.

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Hammond man charged with molesting teen girl after offering ride


CROWN POINT | Prosecutors charged a Hammond man with multiple felonies for allegedly fondling a Gary teen after offering her a ride to school.

Kevin Leonard, 37, is charged with attempted child molesting, confinement, sexual battery and battery.

The 13-year-old told police she was walking to a Gary school Oct. 18 when a man driving a Blazer pulled alongside her and asked if she wanted a ride.

She was afraid, told him she did want a ride and got into the car, court records state.

Leonard allegedly had the girl come to his Hammond home, where he fondled her and attempted to unbuckle her pants before she insisted she wanted to go to school.

The girl was dropped off two blocks from her school, where she reported the incident to the school's principal.

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Man charged for sex with teen girl


A Hammond man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with child molesting, sexual misconduct with a minor and child seduction.

Kenneth Gordon, 45, is charged with raping a girl starting when she was 13 years old in 2008 and continuing until mid-July. The girl told police Gordon forced her to have sex about 30 times and engaged in other sexual activity.

The charges are punishable by a maximum 50-year sentence.

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A Hammond man is facing charges of sending child pornography over the Internet after law enforcement uncovered more than 1,000 images on his computer.

The criminal complaint, which was filed Thursday at the U.S. District Court in Hammond, details how an undercover FBI agent signed onto a peer-to-peer file-sharing network on Sept. 7. The agent observed that Adam William Buckler’s profile photo was of a boy in underwear, so he gained access to Buckler’s files when Buckler sent him the password.

The agent downloaded four videos and 77 images, which showed children between 3 and 9 years old in sexually explicit situations.

The FBI conducted a search warrant at Buckler’s Hammond residence on Oct. 27, and he was present.

He was taken to his bedroom by law enforcement, informed of his Miranda rights and voluntarily spoke with officers.

Buckler was asked if he knew why officers were present and he responded “because of what I do on the internet.” He said that officers would find child pornography on his laptop and external hard drive.

Officers found at least 1,000 images and more than 100 videos depicting minors in sexually explicit situations. The images showed children as young as eight months involved in sexual situations.

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Former Hammond streets worker sentenced for molesting 13-year-old girl



CROWN POINT | A former Hammond city worker was sentenced Wednesday for molesting a 13-year-old girl between August 2006 and August 2007.

Charles Bean, 56, was ordered to serve two years in prison and two years in work release. Bean pleaded guilty in September to child molestation.

In exchange for Bean's plea, Lake County prosecutors dropped a charge of rape and two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.

The girl told police the incidents occurred in Bean's Hammond home and in vacant houses in which Bean worked during summer months, according to court records. Bean admitting to being familiar with the girl and her family through church activities.

When initially charged in June 2008, Bean was a general foreman for the Hammond Streets Department. He is no longer employed with the city.

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