Thursday, October 12, 2000

Abuse plea entered

Man suspected of molesting 6

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A Fairfield Township man has pleaded guilty to molesting a 3-year-old girl in exchange for an agreement to stop the grand jury investigation into the possible sexual abuse of five other children.

        Norbert L. Rodefeld, 56, pleaded guilty this week to two counts of gross sexual imposition and could face up to 10 years in prison. Judge Matthew Crehan of Butler County Common Pleas Court will sentence him Nov. 28.

        Police said Mr. Rodefeld told them he inappropriately touched a 3-year-old girl at his wife's day-care operation at his home.

        Police said he also told them he may have sexually abused five other children over the past six months.

        All five of these children were 3-years-old, Assistant Prosecutor Kacy Eaves said.

        “This is a parent's worst nightmare,” she said. “You take your child to a baby sitter you trust, and this happens.

        “A lot of the children were referred to the day- care center by their church.”

        The investigation was complicated by the age of the children and the reluctance of their parents to allow them to testify, she said.

        Judge Crehan permitted Mr. Rodefeld to remain free on $10,000 bond.


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