WARSAW — A Warsaw man faces charges after allegedly molesting a child.
Justin Nathan Frazier, 24, 3043 Inverness Point, Warsaw, is charged with child molesting, a level 4 felony; attempted strangulation, a level 6 felony; and battery, a class B misdemeanor.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Aug. 10, a Warsaw Police officer was dispatched in reference to a fight in progress.
Upon arrival, the officer exited her patrol vehicle and immediately heard crying, yelling, the sound of items being broken inside a residence and dogs barking.
Two young children ran out of the house screaming and crying and came toward the officer.
The officer approached the front door of the residence and knocked, identifying herself as law enforcement. When the officer knocked, the door latch popped open and she heard someone yell, “Get off me!”
The officer could hear additional children inside the residence, along with loud thuds that she believed to be the result of a physical fight.
The officer pushed the door open and saw a man, identified as Frazier, on top of another man.
After the officer gave the two men verbal commands to stop, Frazier left the residence, followed by the other man and two other children.
Additional officers arrived on scene to assist.
Frazier told police he was in his room when the other man called him a “chomo.” Frazier said this upset him because he is not a child molester.
According to Frazier, the man slammed a door on him, resulting in a large red mark on his back. Police were later told that the red mark was caused by one of the children hitting Frazier in the back with a stick in an attempt to get Frazier off of the other man while they were fighting.
Police spoke with one of the children, who was visibly shaken. That child told police they witnessed Frazier and one of the other children “making out” in a bedroom of the residence. The child who witnessed this told the other man about the incident and said this is what led to a fight.
Officers spoke with the child who had reportedly been seen in a bedroom with Frazier. That child initially denied anything had happened but when asked why someone would say the incident occurred, the child appeared nervous and uncomfortable and eventually said they and Frazier kissed one time a week or two earlier.
When police spoke with the other man involved in the fight, he said he and Frazier were arguing and he ordered all the kids under 18 out of Frazier’s bedroom. At that time, the man said Frazier pushed him and attempted to choke him; however, he said Frazier is “terrible at grappling” so he didn’t successfully fully choke him.
Safe Harbor Advocacy Center completed a forensic interview with the child allegedly seen in the bedroom with Frazier. The child disclosed spending time alone with Frazier in a bedroom at the residence and said there was a time when they were lying on the bed covered up because it was cold. The child said Frazier hugged them and slapped their butt.
The child said they went to the bathroom and when they returned to the bedroom and laid down on the bed, Frazier laid next to them. While they were lying down, the child said Frazier touched their thigh, said he loved them and kissed them on the mouth. This occurred in July.
A detective spoke with Frazier later, who allegedly said the argument was due to the other man calling him a chomo. Frazier admitted to choking the other man and claimed they were choking each other. Frazier admitted that the child in question sleeps in Frazier’s bedroom with him.
Frazier admitted to kissing the child on one occasion. He also admitted to having a flirtatious relationship with the child and said text messages they exchanged probably went too far.
Frazier was booked at the Kosciusko County Jail Aug. 10 on a $5,250 surety and cash bond.