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KOSCIUSKO — A Warsaw man was sentenced in Kosciusko Superior Two Court Wednesday, July 18, after molesting a female minor.
Edgar Medellin Sanchez, 340 E. Levi Lee Road, Warsaw, was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor.
On May 11, 2017, an officer with the Warsaw Police Department was contacted by a Warsaw Community High School counselor. The counselor said a female student reported that she had been molested by an adult male.
The officer spoke with the student. The student said she was at a house with friends on July 25, 2016. Her friend’s boyfriend, Sanchez, was at the residence.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the student was in the bathroom when Sanchez entered and proceeded to molest her through touching, oral and vaginal sex. During the incident, the student’s friends were asleep.
Defense attorney David Kolbe said that in all his years of work, Sanchez is the most remorseful of his actions.
“This was a vodka-fueled mistake,” said Kolbe. “We’re not going to see him in trouble again.”
Kolbe recommended that the court put sanctions on Sanchez so that he stays away from alcohol. He also suggested suspending Sanchez’s sentence.
“He’ll be placed on the sex offender registry,” said Kolbe. “That’s already a very severe punishment.”
Judge Torrey Bauer told Sanchez that if he was sent to the Indiana Department of Corrections, he would not survive emotionally or intellectually.
“You seem like a decent guy, but there’s this aberration of behavior that is simply unacceptable,” said Bauer.
Bauer sentenced Sanchez to serve a five year sentence. Three years will be served in Kosciusko County Community Corrections. The last two years will be served on probation. Sanchez is required to register as a sex offender. A no contact order was placed for the female subject. Sanchez is also not allowed to consume any alcohol or illegal substances during his sentence.
“You make another bad decision, my ruling will be very quick,” said Bauer. “Your life’s choices are on you.”
After sentencing, Sanchez apologized to the victim and her family.
“I am deeply remorseful and I just want to do better,” said Sanchez.