The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 1:00 am

Molester of girls gets no prison time in plea deal

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man accused of having sex with two girls – one who “functions at a 7-year-old level,” according to court documents – will spend no time in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. 

Steven R. Wells, 49, had faced more than a dozen felony charges, including child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor. He pleaded guilty Friday in Allen Superior Court to two counts of child molesting. 

Judge Fran Gull sentenced him to a three-year suspended prison sentence and ordered him to spend four years on probation. The sentence was outlined in an October agreement Wells reached with prosecutors. 

He was also ordered not to contact the girls.

Eleven other charges were dismissed, court records said. 

Wells, of the 3800 block of Stanton Hall Parkway, began abusing one of the girls – who was 14 at the time – in 2013 and continued for three years, a probable cause affidavit alleged. The other girl was abused starting in 2012, and it continued for about two years, the documents said.

Both girls reportedly told investigators Wells had sex with them.

“I had to tell someone though,” the 14-year-old told a therapist in 2016, according to court documents. “I can't hold everything in; I'm in pain. I have wanted to tell someone for a very long time, but I did not know how.”

The other girl told investigators “she was 13 years old when (Wells) first touched her and 14 years old the last time he did,” according to court records. 

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