Courts: Man accused of abusing children he fathered with daughter

WARNING: The following story contains graphic content that may not be appropriate for all readers. Anyone who may be suffering from, or is aware of, child abuse or neglect is encouraged to call the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-800-5556.

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – At 17, she moved into her father’s Harlan trailer.

At first it was like any father-daughter relationship, she later told investigators. Then her father started watching her bathe, she said. Shortly thereafter, he is accused of having had a sexual relationship with the teenager – which lasted until she was 34.

Three children were born of that relationship, investigators now say, two of whom the man has accused of multiple abuses over the years, even going so far as to follow the woman all the way to Oregon when she tried to get away from him.

Now this man is wanted on multiple counts of child abuse and incest that could see him jailed for life.

Allen County prosecutors on Thursday formally charged the 60-year-old man from Harlan with four counts of child molestation and two counts of incest of varying degrees, charging him with crimes stretching from 2012 — at least — through the end of January this year.

WANE TV is not naming the man to protect the identity of his daughter and the children he is accused of molesting.

The Oregon Department of Child Services alerted local authorities last year to possible abuse by the man, according to newly released Allen Superior Court documents.

Allen County Sheriff’s investigators then began questioning members of the man’s family, including one of the children he is accused of having fathered with his daughter.

This child, whose current age was not given and now lives in Oregon, said the man began molesting her when she was five or six years old, according to court documents. Those incidents of harassment began at the man’s Indiana home, court documents say.

She also told investigators in New Albany, Oregon that the family moved there to get away from the man, but he followed, according to court documents. There, too, he continued to molest the child, she told investigators in court documents.

The child also said the man threatened to kill her if she told anyone, according to court records.

Earlier this year, Allen County investigators questioned another daughter whom the man alleges fathered with his daughter. This 18-year-old woman, who lives in Oregon, initially denied that the man molested her, that she was his sweetheart and that she was in touch with him every day, court documents said.

However, as the interview continued, the woman looked away and cried, saying she didn’t want to talk about anything, court documents said. She said she was afraid of the man but didn’t want anything to happen to him.

Detectives also questioned the man’s daughter, who admitted she lived with him in his Harlan trailer near Antwerp Road from the age of 17. As she grew up, the man continued to have control over her, she told investigators in court documents.

She said the man was the father of her two daughters and a third child – a boy – who she gave up for adoption to a family in Chicago, court documents said. The woman also said the man would use threats to harm her daughters.

Eventually, investigators questioned the man himself.

He said in court documents that he did not molest his daughter but had sex with her on a number of occasions and also admitted he fathered her children. During that initial interview, he denied molesting his daughter’s children, court documents said.

In a second interview days later, the man admitted to having had sex with two of his daughter’s children between 10 and 12 times over the course of several years, court documents said.

Although a warrant has been issued for his arrest, it is not clear if the man was committed to the Allen County Jail. Courts: Man accused of abusing children he fathered with daughter

Tom Vazquez

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