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HOBART – A Hobart man has been charged with molesting a minor girl after the child came forward with the allegations and both tested positive for the same sexually transmitted disease, Hobart Police Capt. James M. Gonzales said.

Darese T. Bethley is charged in Lake County with Level 1 and Level 3 child molestation, Gonzales said.

He is accused of molesting the child between July 9 and 12 at an apartment complex in Hobart, police said.

The girl’s mother reportedly told police she would allow the child to stay with Bethley for a week at a time, several times a month.

After returning from the apartment on July 12, the girl complained of pain and said Bethley had performed a sexual act on her, Gonzales said.

An examination of the child’s sexual assault revealed he had a sexually transmitted disease, police said.

Bethley reportedly denied the allegations when questioned by police and tested positive for an STD after being stopped, Gonzales said. Records obtained by police showed Bethley tested positive for the same sexually transmitted disease as the girl in late May.

Bethley is being held in the Lake County Jail.

Anyone who has been harassed or knows of harassment is encouraged to report it to the police or someone you trust. The local contact person is Lieutenant Nicholas Wardrip of the Hobart Police who can be contacted at or at 219-942-4485.

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