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81-year-old Baltimore-area man arrested on Trumbull rape allegations



Published: Fri, June 28, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report

WARREN

An 81-year-old Baltimore-area man was arrested on a warrant out of Trumbull County, accusing him of raping a Cortland girl two times in the past few years when the girl was between 9 and 11 years old.

Howard G. Garfield of Towson, Md., first admitted to the conduct during an interview in May with a social worker at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Baltimore, where he had gone to treat suicidal tendencies, according to a prosecutor’s complaint filed Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Garfield, who had gone by the name Howard Garfinkel until the 1950s, also told the social worker he had sent inappropriate text messages to the girl.

A hospital official notified Cortland police, who interviewed the girl’s mother, who said she’d been made aware recently of the inappropriate text messages to her daughter using an application on her iPod.

Garfield had been a longtime family friend and had extensive interactions with the family and her children, the woman said.

Police were able to view the iPod and found indications that text messages of a sexual nature had come from Garfield to the device.

A Baltimore County detective interviewed Garfield on June 6, at which time Garfield denied the allegations and denied saying anything to hospital officials.

But on June 10, Garfield admitted to having touched the girl inappropriately two times while the girl slept in a pop-up camper on her family’s property.

Garfield is expected to be brought to Trumbull County in the next couple weeks to face the charge.


Comments

1JudyJones(148 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months 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 silence is not an option 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) We also have members who were molested by religious figures of all
denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, teachers, Protestant ministers
and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional
settings like orphanages, summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc.

Suggest removal:


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