Carmichaels man charged with raping child

January 23, 2014
Larry Francis Conard

CARMICHAELS – A Carmichaels man has been charged with raping a child. Larry Francis Conard, 64, of Lot 25 Route 21 Mobile Home Park, was arrested Wednesday and placed in Greene County jail on $75,000 straight cash bond.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Cumberland Township Police Detective Tony Gismondi with Greene County Magisterial Judge Lee Watson, Conard is alleged to have sexually assaulted a girl from Jan. 1, 2012 to Oct. 7, 2013 in his home.

The girl’s guardian reported the incidents Oct. 7 to Cumberland Township police after the child told her what happened.

The guardian told police she confronted Conard, who said he confessed to her and a preacher and was saved.

Following forensic interviews of the child at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and interviews with Gismondi and a Children and Youth Services caseworker, Conard was contacted by police.

According to the complaint, he agreed to come to the station Nov. 13 to discuss the allegations but never arrived.

The child told Gismondi that Conard would sometimes watch her while her guardian went to doctor appointments or the store.

She said Conard told her to never tell anyone what happened, because he would get in trouble.

During one of the forensic interviews at Children’s Hospital, the girl said she also feared she would get into trouble if she told.

She said Conard used various reasons to get her to come to the area of his bedroom in the trailer, where he would commit the acts, and he would sometimes hurt her when he got on top of her.

She said she “had to kick him a lot” when the acts were occurring until he either stopped or left her alone.

In a later interview, the child told a CYS caseworker Conard “should go to jail” and she “does not want it to happen anymore.”

Additional charges against Conard include rape by forcible compulsion, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault of a child, unlawful contact with a minor sexual offense, aggravated indecent assault complaintant less than 13 years of age, indecent assault person less than 13 years of age, corruption of minors and indecent exposure.

A preliminary hearing for Conard is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Jan. 30 before Watson.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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