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LaPorte man arrested for allegedly raping and molesting an 8-year-old

Gary Cooper (Courtesy LaPorte Police) Gary Cooper (Courtesy LaPorte Police)

A LaPorte man is in custody after police say he raped and molested an 8-year-old girl at Stone Lake Beach.

Gary Cooper, 50, was arrested and charged with two Level 1 felony counts of Rape and Child Molestation. LaPorte police say they responded to a report of an attempted child abduction shortly after 12:30pm on Wednesday afternoon.

According to police investigation, they claim Cooper lured an 8-year-old girl to come with him while she was alone on a hill, near a beach house. Police say after the girl went with Cooper, she was sexually assaulted. Police say the girl was visiting the beach with her family.

Police arrested Cooper after witnesses who had seen him hanging around earlier provided information leading police to a home on the 3000 block of N. CR-725W.

Cooper is being held on a $10,005 cash bond.

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