Thursday, October 26, 2000

Molester sentenced, thanks apprehenders

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — For more than 40 years, Albert Glenn preyed on dozens of young boys without detection.

        He befriended their families and took on the role of a brother, police said.

        Then, he gained the boys' trust by offering them gifts of televisions, VCRs, bicycles and trips in his recreational vehicle. In return, he expected sex.

        On Wednesday, as a Warren County judge sentenced the 68-year-old Fairborn man to 10 years in prison for the abuse of three Warren County boys since 1999, Mr. Glenn appeared relieved.

        He apologized to the 14- and 15-year-old boys he molested at Caesar Creek State Park campgrounds in Massie Township after taking them there in his RV last spring and giving them beer.

        Mr. Glenn praised the two detectives who pursued the case against him, and he thanked God for saving him from himself.

        “I think he was ready to be done with it,” John Patrick, a state park ranger, said after the hearing.

        “He thanked us for catching him,” said Sheriff's Detective Rusty Teague, who helped Officer Patrick investigate Mr. Glenn.

        “He said, "I'm glad you guys stayed on it so hard. It saved me from hurting more kids.'”

        Officer Patrick began investigating allegations against Mr. Glenn in April, after the mother of a 15-year-old boy reported that she found her son and the 14-year-old boy at the campground with Mr. Glenn.

        Mr. Glenn became the target of a five-county investigation after Officer Patrick and Detective Teague uncovered at least 40 people who alleged Mr. Glenn abused them since 1974.

        Detective Teague said Mr. Glenn told him that he started molesting boys in 1958, after he was discharged from the Army. Many of the allegations are too old to prosecute, Detective Teague said.

        Accusations involving molestation since 1998 of more than 10 boys remain under investigation in Greene, Clinton, Montgomery and Delaware counties.

        However, it was unclear whether authorities there intend to file charges against Mr. Glenn. Warren County Prosecutor Tim Oliver said his staff had attempted to coordinate a plea to resolve all of the cases, but the deal fell through.

        The Warren County case involved the abuse of three Fairborn boys at Caesar Creek campgrounds since November 1999. The third boy, who claimed Mr. Glenn had raped him, did not attend Wednesday's hearing.

        Mr. Glenn was charged with eight felonies, but he agreed to serve 10 years in prison as part of a plea bargain that included convictions on two counts each of corruption of a minor and sexual battery. The remaining charges, including rape, were dismissed.

        Authorities wonder if there are even more victims. Hundreds of pictures of young boys, in athletic uniforms and street clothes were found at Mr. Glenn's residence after Fairborn police searched the property with a warrant in April, Mr. Oliver said.

        Detective Teague said some of the previous allegations against Mr. Glenn were investigated by other police agencies. However the cases apparently “fell through the cracks.”

        Asked how Mr. Glenn could continue molesting for so long without being caught, Mr. Oliver said he could only speculate.

        “Some of the kids were kids that had lots of problems of their own, and they were generally not the kind who would report stuff like this,” he said.

        “They were getting gifts in return. With the the kind of life they had, this was something that they probably otherwise would not have been able to obtain. It's a real sad case.”


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