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RST: Child abduction heightens concern

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 18, 2013 2:35 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk Friday, July 19:

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Central Pennsylvanians were shocked when they heard the news last week that a five-year-old girl was missing from her grandmother's home in Lancaster County.  Police and the community converged on the area to search for the youngster.

Two hours after she went missing, two teenagers saw a man push a young girl that the matched the description of the missing child from a car.  The girl ran toward the teens, who took her to her grandmother's house.

The girl told police she was abducted and sexually assaulted.

Earlier this week, police arrested 73-year-old Harold Leroy Herr and charged him with the offense.  Herr had spent 20 years in prison after being convicted of a similar crime in 1990.

On Friday's program, Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman will discuss the abduction while Kristen Houser of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape will provide information on sexual predators, how to protect children, and what parents should know.

More Resources:

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape Local Centers

NSVRC Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Resources

NSVRC Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The Hero Project: Step In. Stop Abuse.

Stop It Now: Together We Can Prevent the Sexual Abuse of Children

Darkness Into Light: End Child Abuse


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Kristen Houser and Craig Stedman

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-07-19 08:36

    Jessica from Lancaster writes:
    I had read in the Lancaster Newspaper that the abuser had not checked in with law enforcement - two times in a row . . . Why are we not enforcing Megan's Law more? Does Megan's Law need reformed?

  • noelle img 2013-07-19 08:42

    perhaps someone can answer why any one convicted of rape/molestation/abduction or anything dealing with sexual assault ESPECIALLY in cases involving children are not sentenced to life imprisonment? It has been determined by time and numerous studies that there is no cure or successful treatment in rehabilitating sexual predators....worse, is that most will commit a sexual violation is maddening and horrific that society has to "accept" the fact that released pedophiles can be your neighbor as long as they are registered- absolute craziness.

  • Sarah img 2013-07-19 09:22

    I applaud Craig Stedman for his work in prosecuting pedophiles in Lancaster County, and limiting the interrogation trauma to the children victims. Keep working to strengthen laws to protect our children.

    1. Sexual predators do not act only once. Their craving for domination and control is insatiable, as the young victims eventually become uninteresting. Pedophilic old men were assaulting young children when they were 30, 40 and 50 years old.

    2. Sexual predators are good at manipulating entire families to trust them, and then coerce children to silently comply. Sexual assault affects entire families.

    3. Support for parents listening within this radio audience can be found at PROP -- Parents Reaching Out to Parents of children of sexual abuse.

    • Sarah img 2013-07-19 09:25

      Quick clarification: Pedophilia is not exclusive to men. Women also commit these crimes.