Crime

Man charged with 1,200 counts following abuse accusations

A Maryland man was charged Monday with numerous incidents of aggravated indecent assault after years of alleged abuse.

Richard Garmat, 60, of Rockville, Md., was accused by a family member of sexual abuse spanning between 2008 and 2013, according to a criminal complaint filed June 9 by State College police. The family member claims the abuse began in fifth grade and continued until the minor was 15.

According to court documents, Garmat was arraigned Monday before District Judge Tom Jordan, who set a straight bail of $250,000. He was charged with more than 1,200 counts, including 504 felony counts of unlawful contact with a minor, 123 felony counts of aggravated indecent assault without consent and 209 felony counts of indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age.

The abuse happened at a home in Boalsburg, the complaint said, and continued until the family member accused Garmat of the abuse in front of other family members.

“You broke me,” the minor told Garmat, according to the complaint. “Are you happy?”

The incidents were reported to police in February, the complaint said.

Garmat remains confined to the Centre County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 20.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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