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Serial Child Sex Criminal Alleged

(La Porte, IN) - A La Porte man is accused of video recording a naked 12-year old girl.  35-year old Jerry Rust is charged in La Porte Circuit Court with five felony counts including child exploitation and voyeurism. 


Court documents reveal he used a hidden camera to watch the girl undress in her bedroom.  Police said he watched the video live on his cell phone.  According to authorities, Rust on one other occasion videotaped the girl in a partial state of undress.  Rust is also accused of possessing child pornography.   The alleged criminal activity occurred at his residence on West 18th Street. 


Rust is facing more serious charges in Porter County where he allegedly molested a girl more than 100 times about 15 years ago in Portage.  Those charges were filed late in 2020 when the victim, who is now about 30, reported she was victimized by Rust over a several year period. 

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