Man gets 118 years for sexual abuse of 4

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VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana judge has sentenced a Portage man to 118 years in prison after he was convicted of nine counts of sexually abusing four young males.

Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper cited the number of victims and incidents in sentencing 39-year-old Christopher Truman on Tuesday. She also said one of the victims has a mild mental challenge and was targeted with particularly severe forms of abuse.

Truman has maintained his innocence and said he plans to appeal.

The (Munster) Times reported the sentence was more than that sought by prosecutors.

One victim told police Truman routinely molested him between the ages of 11 and 17. Two other victims said the abuse occurred when Truman took them to hotels, where they would swim, watch television and eat pizza. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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