Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 15, 2014

Peru man faces sexual misconduct charges

Deputies: 42-year-old had sexual relations with 15-year-old girl.

By Carson Gerber
Kokomo Tribune

---- — Deputies say a 42-year-old Peru man engaged in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl four times over the last four months.

Charles W. Summers Jr., 1600 block of Warhawk Road, Peru, was arrested at around 5:30 a.m. Monday on four felony charges of sexual misconduct with a minor as deputies say he was trying to get on a train in Lafayette.

Deputies began looking for Summers early Monday morning after receiving a phone call from a hospital emergency room where the girl was taken by a relative.

The girl was later transported to a sexual assault center in Fort Wayne, deputies said.

Summers was detained later that morning by Lafayette police as he was trying to board a train bound for Illinois.

Police transported Summers to Miami County, where deputies said he confessed to having sexual encounters with the 15-year-old.

He is being held at the Miami County jail on a $100,000 bond.

Summers also was charged with domestic battery in May, but that charge was dismissed.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.