A La Porte man was charged with rape and eight additional related felony counts according to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office.

Police say on Jan. 4, Deputy Ryan Doperalski was dispatched to a residence located in rural Pleasant Township regarding a sex offense. Initial information was gathered by Deputy Doperalski from the teenage female victim and her guardians. This information identified the suspect as 35 year old John M. Doty of La Porte, a teacher for a regional area school. The matter was assigned to Detective Gabe Struss for immediate investigation. In the days and weeks that followed, Detective Struss, along with other investigators, worked on the investigation. Detective Struss and La Porte County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Julianne Havens began collaborating and reviewing the case to secure charges against Doty.

Several charges were brought up against Doty including attempted rape, child seduction, and rape. Probable cause was found by Honorable Circuit Court Judge Thomas Alevizos for Doty’s arrest. Earlier On Wednesday, Doty self-surrendered at the La Porte County Jail. Doty has since been released from custody following a $25,000.05 cash-only bond being posted on his behalf.

Arrests and criminal charges are mere accusations. Every person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.