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Youngstown cop charged with importuning now on unpaid leave

Published: Mon, June 10, 2013 @ 3:33 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Detective Sgt. Robert Lodwick has been placed on unpaid administrative leave today after his arrest Friday for the charges of importuning and illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material.

Lodwick was called in off the road about 4 a.m. Friday and arrested and arraigned in Youngstown Municipal Court later in the day. Records at the Mahoning County jail show he has not yet posted bail and is still in the jail His bail is $50,000 for each charge.

Chief Rod Foley said a pre-disclipinary hearing may take place for Lodwick this week. He is accused of criminal conduct with a 14-year-old female he knew from his time in the department’s Family Services Unit.

The case was investigated by the state Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation and the department’s Internal Affairs Division. They have not yet detailed the specific allegations against Lodwick, who has been with the police department for 13 years.

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1JudyJones(162 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Something to keep in mind-
Child predators are very cunning and manipulative. They know every trick on how to groom, threaten, lie, and put the fear of god into their victims, yet they can also be charming and generous, While they are grooming the child, they devote lots of time and energy building trust with them by giving them money and gifts. They tend to make the child feel that they are special and loved.

They appear to do a lot of goods things, they can be very charismatic and you may think they would never harm a child. They have to be this way, in order to not get caught and to continue to abuse
Sexual predators are often powerful and well-loved. It would be comforting if those who preyed on the vulnerable were obvious social misfits whose appearance would somehow set off alarm bells and give us ‘the willies’ or ‘the creeps.’ They rarely do. Usually, predators are among the last people we would suspect of sexually violating others. At a party, the predator isn’t some oddball sitting alone in a corner because others feel uncomfortable with him. Most often, the predator is the guy throwing the party.

Also, we must stop thinking that because a man is old, that somehow he’s automatically “safe.” It’s just irresponsible to endanger kids by assuming an adult is “harmless” simply because he or she may be losing hair, wearing glasses, using hearing aids or walking with a cane. These can be signs of advancing age, but they are not signs that an individual is safe around kids.

It is extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim. Some have many. Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever.
So let's hope that every person who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Det. Sgt. Robert B. Lodwick, will find the courage and strength to speak up and contact law enforcement, no matter how long ago the abuse happened.
Silence is not an options anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
"SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

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