Lafayette foster father accused of molesting 3 children

James Tran (Provided Photo/Tippecanoe County Jail)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a Lafayette foster parent molested three children over a 12-year period.

James Tran, 51, faces four counts of child molesting and one count of sexual misconduct with a minor under charges filed Wednesday.

The (Lafayette) Journal & Courier reports a probable cause affidavit says three victims who now are teenagers told investigators Tran began molesting them when they were as young as 4.

The affidavit says he admitted molesting one victim, couldn’t remember touching a second victim and denied touching the third.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Terry Ruley said Tran and his wife were foster parents for at least 10 years. The Indiana Department of Child Services assisted with the investigation.

Online jail records show he’s being held on a $250,000 bond.

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