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LaPorte Man Charged with Child Molesting

(LaPorte, IN) - An employee at Four Winds Casino was at work dropping hints of wrongdoing and threatening suicide.

That’s according to the evidence contained in the seven counts of child molesting filed against 55-year old Joseph Kuta of LaPorte.

Kuta was being held in the LaPorte County Jail on $100,000 bond.

He’s accused of molesting a 14-year old girl for two-years.

According to court documents, LaPorte Police were contacted on March 4 after the girl told her therapist she had been sexually assaulted by a “family friend.”

The next day, Kuta acting suicidal told several co-workers trying to help that he was involved with a teenager, police said.

He wouldn’t provide specifics but made statements like “you’ll probably see it in the media” and “I’m probably going to lose my job,” police said.

Police said other statements from Kuta included “he could possibly go to jail because of what he did.”

Kuta wound up being taken from the casino to a hospital.

A Pokagon Tribal Police officer concerned he may have committed crime notified LaPorte Police already with Kuta on their radar screens.

Four of the counts filed against Kuta are level 1 felonies each punishable by a 20 to 40-year sentence.

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