WESTVILLE MAN GETS 7 YEARS FOR SEX OF­FENSE

Post-Tribune - - Front Page - BY JAMES D. WOLF JR.

VAL­PARAISO — A for­mer Ten­nessee man who be­came a se­rial mo­lester of boys in Porter County re­ceived a seven-year pri­son sen­tence Fri­day and is now legally con­sid­ered a sex­u­ally vi­o­lent preda­tor.

Randall S. York, 34, most lately of Westville, will also serve a year on pro­ba­tion af­ter his re­lease from pri­son.

The time he’s spent in Porter County Jail since his Oc­to­ber 2013 ar­rest will go to­ward his sen­tence on his orig­i­nal con­vic­tion of Class C felony child mo­lest­ing from May 2012.

He had yet to com­plete his year on home detention from that sen­tenc­ing. The sen­tenc­ing in­cluded two years in pri­son and an­other five on pro­ba­tion.

Any time in ex­cess of his first sen­tenc­ing will go to­ward the new sen­tenc­ing, and York must reg­is­ter as a sex­u­ally vi­o­lent preda­tor when he gets out of pri­son.

As part of his plea, the pros­e­cu­tion dropped a Class D felony child so­lic­i­ta­tion and Class D felony per­form­ing sex­ual con­duct in the pres­ence of a mi­nor.

The cur­rent charges came in 2012 af­ter the vic­tim’s mother saw an ar­ti­cle about York and knew that the vic­tim was a friend of her son’s, and the fam­i­lies at­tended the same church near Ch­ester­ton.

In sum­mer 2010, the boy spent the night at York’s home with the vic­tim from the first charges when the boy’s par­ents thought he was stay­ing overnight with the vic­tim from the first charges.

York ex­posed him­self and tried to touch the boy and have him do things, but the boy, who was younger than 14, re­fused.

The vic­tim in the orig­i­nal charges was 11 in Au­gust 2010 when his par­ents con­tacted po­lice, and the boy told po­lice York touched him in­ap­pro­pri­ately at least 10 times.

Court doc­u­ments state that York bragged to his cell­mates about hav­ing about 100 other vic­tims across the coun­try.

How­ever, a Porter County Pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice of­fi­cial said no other ju­ris­dic­tion has a hold on York for charges in an­other place.

The pros­e­cu­tion also dis­missed a case against York that had three sex­ual mis­con­duct with a mi­nor charges, one a Class B felony with a sen­tence of up to 20 years and two Class C felonies with sen­tences of up to eight years.

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