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Child molester facing 30 years

Andress

A Fort Wayne man admitted Friday to having sex with a young girl and faces nearly 30 years in prison for his crimes.

Daniel J. Andress, 58, the 3800 block of Sleepy Hollow Lane, was initially charged with 10 counts of child molesting, accused of having sex with the girl beginning when she turned 5 more than four years ago, as well as forcing her to submit to sex acts. The girl was known to the man, according to court records.

When Fort Wayne police began investigating the allegations, Andress fled and was living 100 miles away, according to court documents.

On Friday in Allen Superior Court, Andress pleaded guilty to two felony child molesting charges. In exchange for his guilty plea, the additional eight charges will be dismissed at sentencing.

If a judge accepts the plea agreement, Andress will be sentenced to two 30-year prison sentences, and they will be served at the same time.

Because of the nature of the crime, Andress will be a credit-restricted felon, meaning he will not have the opportunity to shave as much time off his sentence for good behavior as other felons.

He will be sentenced next month.

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