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councilman charged with entering home

Monday, August 06, 2018 17:22 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A LaPorte County Councilman and firefighter charged with entering a residence without permission has revealed going inside other dwellings when nobody was home.

That's according to the written findings of the investigation by Indiana State Police filed in LaPorte Circuit Court.

John Sullivan, 57, of Wanatah is charged with residential entry, a level 6 felony.

According to court documents, Sullivan was spotted going inside the home May 14 in the 200 block of S. Illinois St. in Wanatah and at least twice looking out the windows before coming out 10 minutes later.

A 40-year old woman living there for several-years had just moved, police said.

She said nothing appeared taken but was certain a garbage bag of belongings she hadn't

retrieved yet had been gone through, according to police.

Sullivan told investigators he went inside out of concern because the front screen door

and garage door were open and the grass had grown tall, police said.

She and Sullivan knew each other from him being a member of the Cass-Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Department across from her residence and her children's school bus driver, police said.

The woman also recalled Sullivan trying to hug her then kissing her after stopping by while she was in her garage two years ago, court documents revealed.

According to court documents, Sullivan told police he went inside two other homes the past 20-years when nobody was there to use a phone to call for help because of a motor vehicle accident and warm-up after his vehicle broke down.

Three-years ago, Sullivan retired as a volunteer firefighter but was still going inside the fire station when nobody was there, once to rearrange his old equipment now worn by another firefighter, police said.

He's still employed by the LaPorte Fire Department.

Sullivan is also a former two-term LaPorte County Coroner.
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