Interpreter For Deaf Students Sentenced For Molesting - News, Weather & Sports

Interpreter For Deaf Students Sentenced For Molesting

(CROWN POINT, Ind.) -- A former interpreter for deaf students was sentenced yesterday to four years in prison after being convicted of molesting a 13-year-old boy.

Sixty-three-year-old Chester Earl March of Hammond had earlier pleaded guilty to felony child molesting. As part of a plea agreement, a Lake Superior Court judge sentenced him to two years in jail and two years on probation.

March worked at three Hammond schools as an interpreter for deaf students from August 1998 until earlier this year. Police say the school district fired March after learning about the case.

March admitted putting his hands down the pants of the boy in January when the teen was in at March's home watching a football game on TV.

March was convicted of a similar charge in Michigan in 1980.

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