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Man charged with child molestation

by Tim Tedeschi - ttedeschi@chronicle-tribune.com

A Converse man is facing a charge of child molesting, a Level 1 felony.

A probable cause affidavit states the Grant County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation began in July when a detective was provided with a fax from CARES Northwest in Portland, Oregon, where the victim lives. The fax alleged that a juvenile victim, who is under the age of 14, came in contact with Alan William Hammond, 34, at his home in Sweetser. The affidavit claims he reportedly made the victim perform sexual acts.

The victim stated that Hammond allegedly first made them perform sexual acts when they were 8 years old and that Hammond had engaged in sexual activity with the juvenile in North Carolina, Washington and Indiana over a period of a few years, according to the affidavit.

Hammond allegedly made the victim perform sexual acts “almost everyday” unless the victim’s step mom was present, the affidavit states.

The victim described the residences where the reported sexual acts occurred in Indiana, and detectives matched the descriptions with two of Hammond’s known residences in Converse and Sweetser at the time of the alleged incidents, according to the affidavit.

The victim reportedly told their mother about the alleged abuse because they were worried that other children coming into contact with Hammond would be subject to the same sexual misconduct, the affidavit states.

While investigating the allegations, detectives reached out to Hammond for an interview but were informed by his attorney that all communication would go through the attorney’s office, the affidavit states. After not hearing back following several attempts to set up the interview, detectives sent the case to the prosecutor’s office for review without being able to talk to Hammond, according to the affidavit.

Hammond was booked into the Grant County Jail on the charge Wednesday and was released from the jail the same day on a $100,005 surety bond, according to jail records.