Saturday, January 12, 2002

Missing Loveland teen back at home


Man, 38, charged with raping her

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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        LOVELAND — A learning-disabled girl is home after police say she spent three days with Robert Galloway, a 38-year-old convicted killer who was released from a Kentucky state prison less than two years ago.

        The 16-year-old girl, who her parents say has a third-grader's intellect, had sexual intercourse with Mr. Galloway three times after Tuesday, when he posed as her father to get her out of Loveland High School and then took her to his Erlanger, Ky., apartment, police said. He was arrested there shortly after midnight Friday.

        Mr. Galloway faces three counts of third-degree rape because of the girl's mental capacity, and a charge of interfering with her custody. His bond was set at $50,000 at his arraignment in Kenton District Court. He remains in the Kenton County Jail, and charges in Hamilton County are pending.

        Mr. Galloway's criminal past is expected to have a bearing on the new charges. In 1994, while he was going by the name Steven Robert Galloway, he pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaugter. He originally was charged with murder for fatally shooting his ex-wife, Vandora Harris of Newport, in the head.

        A month after his June 2000 release from Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange, he legally changed his name to “Robert Eon Ronn Galloway.”

        The girl, who lives with her family in Symmes Township, met Mr. Galloway recently on the phone, police said, but she did not tell her parents.

        They were flabbergasted when they learned that their daughter, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the charges, spent almost 72 hours with such a man.

        “I feel better since she was found. I can't say that we were totally surprised about (the rapes). But she's fine,” said her father, speaking while the girl slept.

        “What was she thinking? The guy could have been a mass murderer. She could have been found buried in a ditch. We told her that whatever problems we had would be worked out.”

        As it turned out, it was the girl herself who helped pinpoint Mr. Galloway's address in Erlanger. She called a friend while there. After the conversation, the friend alerted detectives at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Erlanger police.

        Police said Mr. Galloway confessed to posing as the girl's father at Loveland High School and, on tape, to having sex with her. He did not resist arrest, said Lt. Col. Marc Fields of the Erlanger Police Department.

        “They always say that past behavior is an indicator of future behavior. We were very lucky that this young girl was alive and that she was in fairly good health,” Lt. Col. Fields said. “I feel very lucky that it ended up this way.”

        Mr. Galloway has relatives living in Northern Kentucky. They said that upon leaving prison, Mr. Galloway lived briefly with a brother and spent about three months in a halfway house. He then moved into the Erlanger apartment.

        Some in the community have seen Mr. Galloway's dark side.

        Anita Tucker, who manages a Florence Mall store, said Mr. Galloway was a “mall rat” who terrorized employees by avowing love, sending letters to their homes and, before Halloween, taking several pain killers in front of them. He was consequently banned from the store.

        “It's pretty sad that we know this (man). (But) we have a huge record (on him). It's the size of a phone book,” Ms. Tucker said.

        Enquirer reporter Jim Hannah contributed to this report.
       

       



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