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Guilty plea could net 2 years in rape case

November 22, 2018

A Fort Wayne man facing more than 80 years in prison for allegedly raping a woman last year pleaded guilty to lesser charges Wednesday and could be ordered to spend two years behind bars.

Christopher G. Platter, 40, pleaded guilty in Allen Superior Court to felony criminal confinement, and a plea agreement calls for a three-year sentence. One year of the sentence would be suspended, meaning he could be sent to prison for two years.

Prosecutors have agreed to dismiss six other charges including rape, attempted rape and sexual battery.

According to police, Platter arrived Nov. 26 at the woman’s home for what was supposed to be their first date. They kissed and, when she said she didn’t want to take things further, he held her down, a probable cause affidavit alleged.

He outlined his criminal past, said he was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood and professed to being a “big-time drug dealer,” court documents said. Platter also allegedly drank alcohol, snorted a white powder, placed a gun on the table near the woman and threatened to kill her cat.

Police said they found him passed out naked on a bed.

The woman told investigators she sought treatment for a number of injuries.

Platter, of the 1700 block of Emerson Avenue, pleaded guilty last year to a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and was placed on probation. That was later revoked and he was ordered to serve two years on a community corrections program, court records said.

He pleaded guilty in 2009 to domestic battery and was given a 11/2-year sentence.

A sentencing hearing on the criminal confinement charge is scheduled Dec. 20.

mleblanc@jg.net

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