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Man Booked in Child Molesting Case

(La Porte, IN) - A La Porte man wanted on allegations of child molesting for nearly a year is now in custody. Jose Leon-Diaz, 33, is charged in La Porte Circuit Court.


In March, police said officers were called to a home in the 200 block of Scott Street on a report of a domestic dispute.  Upon arrival, Leon-Diaz fled on foot and was unable to be located by authorities at the scene.


Investigators responding to the complaint were told he molested a 10-year-old girl inside the residence. The girl later alleged she was sexually violated by Leon-Diaz once before about a week prior to the most recent encounter.


A warrant charging him with three counts of Child Molestation and one count of Child Seduction was issued for his arrest on April 4th.


Leon Diaz was booked into the La Porte County Jail five days ago.  No light was shed on his discovery. He could face up to 40 years on each of the two most serious counts, which are Level 1 Felonies.

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