Indiana man held without bond for three years acquitted of molestation charges

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Photo of Eric Knowles courtesy of Porter County Sheriff's Department

VALPARAISO, Ind. — A Portage man held without bond for three years has been acquitted of four counts of child molesting and ordered immediately released from jail.

Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa’s order comes after it was discovered that one of the two purported victims made up at least part of the accusations against Eric Knowles, 39, and the prosecutor didn’t share that information with the defense.

According to the The Munster Times, the purported victim admitted that his father told him to accuse Knowles.

The judge ordered Knowles to be released from jail on his own recognizance Thursday while awaiting disposition of a final molestation count involving a third child.

Alexa also said he’s referring the matter involving Deputy Prosecutor Trista Hudson to the Indiana Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Commission for review.

The Munster Times reports Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel said the lapse was inadvertent and the state accepts the court’s ruling.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

4 Fast Facts

  • Three years ago, Eric Knowles was arrest on child molestation charges.
  • He’s been sitting in jail and held without bond.
  • But recently he was acquitted of four charges.
  • The acquittal comes after a purported victim admitted his dd made him accuse Knowles.

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