CC man facing 4 sexual misconduct charges

By Derreck Stahly

COLUMBIA CITY —A Columbia City man was arrested on four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and two additional misdemeanors.

Charles Berry, 22, appeared in Whitley Circuit Court Monday for an initial hearing. He has been charged with four counts of sexual misconduct, level 4 felonies; dealing marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor.

According to a police report, Berry was engaged in sexual activity with a child over the age of 14 but under the age of 16. The events occurred between September 2016 and April 2017. Berry also allegedly offered the minor alcohol and marijuana when the child visited his house, according to a report from the Department of Child Services. The victim also said Berry lied about his age in the same report.

Berry has been assigned a public defender and will have a pretrial conference May 15. He is being held on a $25,000 bond.

Also in court Monday, a man was scheduled for a jury trial.

Luis Hernandez Dominguez, 23, is charged with five counts, including possession of cocaine and OWI.

Hernandez-Dominguez is scheduled for his final pretrial conference July 21, and he will have a two-day jury trial starting Aug. 9 and is being held on a $25,000 bond.

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