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Trial of accused molester delayed again

August 24, 2018

La PORTE — A Trail Creek grandfather facing 562 years in prison on multiple child molestation charges is now scheduled to face a jury in January after yet another trial date was postponed.

David Edward Allen, 72, is charged with 11 counts of class felony child molestation – intercourse or deviate sex with a victim younger than 14. Each count carries a potential sentence of up to 50 years in prison.

He also faces one another felony count of child molestation – fondling a victim younger than 14 – which carries a sentence of up to 12 years. All of the abuse allegedly occurred while the victims were visiting Allen’s home on Sunnyside Drive.

The trial was originally scheduled to begin in May, but Allen’s attorney asked for more time after the prosecution introduced new charges in April.

This week, defense attorney David Jones requested the Sept. 17 jury trial be continued again to allow him additional time to go over the evidence with his client, who told the court in April he is unable to read or write.

Judge Michael Bergerson agreed to one more continuance, but said if Allen does not enter a plea agreement by his final pretrial conference on Dec. 20, he will be expected to go to trial in January.

The judge set a trial date of Jan. 28 in La Porte Superior Court 1.

According to court documents, Allen is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse, oral sex, anal sex, digital penetration and fondling with five different children – four girls and a boy between the ages of 5 and 14 – between September 2000 and November 2016.

He is being held without bond at the La Porte County Jail.

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