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The Times Leader from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania • 11

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The Times Leader, Wilkes-Borrc, PA, Sundov, June 4, 1989 1 A Imperfect strangers: For pedophiles, there is no cure In 1976, an estimated 6,000 cases of child sexual abuse were reported and investigated nationwide. By 1986, that number jumped to 132,000. By DAWN SHURMAITIS Times Leader Staff Writer Cloaked In a raincoat, the stranger lurks In the schoolyard, luring children Into dark corners with offers of candy and sweets. If that sounds like a typical description of a child molester, think again. According to experts in the field, while certain traits can apply, the child sexual abuser generally falls outside familiar stereotypes.

Ed Coleman, director of the Wyoming County Children and Youth Services agency, says there's no precise profile for pedophiles, men or women who are sexually attracted to children. Contrary to popular opinion, most child molesters are relatively young heterosexual males who are neither insane, retarded or sexually frustrated. Often, they're married and employed. "It's not the stranger lurking In the bushes." says Coleman, who counsels male pedophiles who've served time in prison for their crimes. The subject of child sexual abuse has been on the minds of many since 9-year-old Renee Waddle was found beaten, raped and killed on a rural road outside Scranton three weeks ago today.

A 44-year-old Lackawanna County man named Frank Osellanie was charged last Wednesday with the crime, which occurred on Mother's Day. On Friday, the service-station owner was ordered to stand trial for sexually molesting two sisters, aged 8 and 9 at the time of the alleged assault. The charge of child sexual abuse, while horrif- rare. In 1986, according to Bond. 42 percent of the nation's sex offenders were parents stepparents, foster parents or natural parents.

Nearly 23 percent were some other relation, such as a cousin or uncle. While 35 percent of the molesters were unrelated, they were generally people the children knew and trusted. Coleman says the pedophile knows how to interact with children, and to build trust. "Once the child is comfortable, the abuser violates that trust," says Coleman, who says the rape is as much a power play as It is a sexual act. "The offenders get enjoyment out of controlling someone else's life, to make them do what they don't want to do." Pedophiles pick their prey carefully, usually cultivating the friendship of a child yearning for some adult attention.

Edwin Donovan, assistant professor of administration of justice at Pepn State University, teaches a course In child sexual abuse at the school's main campus at State College. He says there are two types of pedophiles: the regressive and the fixated. Regressive pedophiles may act out their desires only once in their lives, while In a drunken state or when confronted with a stressful Fixated pedophiles, on the other hand, prey on a particular age group or type. Generally, they're attracted to a girl of a certain age because she's either over- or under-developed for her years. In many cases, the pedophile was the victim of child abuse himself.

Often, says Donovan, they in turn abuse their own children. The pedophile doesn't always limit himself to sex with children, although Donovan says pedophiles usually experience unsatisfactory sex with women their own age. Sometimes, says Donovan, the pedophile marries women with young female children, girls who are the same age as the children he's abused in the past. Donovan speculates that the pedophile is attracted to a girl of a certain age because that's the age his own sexual development stopped. According to experts in the field, pedophiles often exhibit anti-social personalities, behavior that dates back to their early teen years.

Pedophiles often have difficulty in their social relationships, are disruptive and truant in school, and form few lasting friendships. Often, they feel minimal guilt. And, as a re-, suit, they often commit acts that are against the. law or violate community standards, acts such as rape or burglary. Generally, the molester's behavior is highly repetitive, often to the point of compulsion.

Prison alone won't rehabilitate him. Experts agree sex offenders can't be "cured." Says Coleman: "They're like recovering alco-' holies. Hopefully, they can keep it under but they're never cured." lc. Is no longer considered unusual. During the past 10 years, statistics on the crime have "skyrocketed," according to Katie Bond of the American Association for the Protection of Children, based in Denver, Colo.

In 1976. an estimated 6,000 cases of child sexual abuse were reported and Investigated nationwide. By 1986. that number jumped to 132.000. In 1987.

the Luzerne County Children and Youth Services received 98 reports of child sexual abuse. In 1988. it received 103 reports. Bond says the number of crimes may not necessarily be on the increase, but rather more and more children are telling people about the "bad things" happening to them. She credits the rise In public awareness to television documentaries, news reports and classroom instruction.

One thing people have learned, she says, is that a majority of pedophiles are related to or known to their victimsThe perfect stranger Is As family' another mourns, its loss 'She didn't deserve dad says of killed daughter itf" Renee Jean Waddle 'She was a good kid" TIMES LEADERCLARK VAN OR DEN Lakey, as Lois' husband, Robert Loney, stands with his hands on her shoulders Missing girl's mom ready for the worst By MARY ELLEN ALU Times Leader Staff Writer SCRANTON Lois Lakey-Loney hasn't changed her telephone number in the nearly three years since her daughter's disappearance, despite moving and despite crank' calls from youngsters crying, "Mommy, it's Jolene." She's kept the same number out of hope that Jolene would call, putting an end to her fears that her daughter died the night she disappeared Aug. 26, 1986 from a Scranton neighborhood. Michele Jolene Lakey was 1 1. "The world has lost a lot if that girl is gone," said weeping, as she clutched the rebel-style Jean Jacket that Jolene loved so much. "She was a remarkable human being." But now that police have named Frank A.

Osellanie as a suspect in her daughter's disappearance and have searched for Jolene's body In wooded areas and a cemetery, Lakey-Loney has begun to prepare herself and her family for the possibility that Jolene is dead. "I'm hoping they don't find her," she said last week, curled up on a couch In her living room as she watched another television news report about the searches for Jolene's body. But, she said, "we're pretty much ready to deal with it." She's been discussing funeral arrangements with her husband, Robert Loney, her three, other children and four stepchildren. She's writing everything down, in case her daughter turns up dead and she can't cope with the news. There will be no wake, Lakey-Loney said, just a memorial service in a church hall.

No burial, but a cremation, as Jolene would've preferred. "She didn't want her body In the ground with worms and bugs." said the 38-year-old. smiling now as she remembered conversations she had with Jolene through the years. And. she said, her daughter made her promise that she would wear bright colors, not black, to any memorial service for her.

"Don't mourn my death," she said Jolene would tell her. "Celebrate my life." Lakey-Loney laughed as she pictured Jolene leaving for school in the morning in an orange shirt and purple skirt. She'd tell her daughter that the colors didn't go together, and Jolene would answer, "Thank WAITING FOR WORD Lois Lakey-Loney holds a picture of her missing daughter, Michele Jolene By MARY ELLEN ALU Times Leader Staff Writer SCRANTON Joseph Hary-luck leaned on the porch banister of his second-floor home, just a few steps from the blue 10-speed bike he rebuilt for his stepdaughter, Renee Jean Wad die. "She was a good kid," he said late last week, casting his eyes downward. "She didn't deserve that.

She did not deserve that." Haryluck buried his 9-year-old stepdaughter on May 18, four days after her body was found beaten and set ablaze in a wooded area of Roaring Brook Township. Last week, police arrested Frank A. Osellanie, a 44-year-old Scranton mechanic, charges he kidnapped, raped and murdered the child on Mother's Day. "The memories (of ReneeJ will always be there," said Haryluck, a 30-year-old maintanence employee at the University of Scranton. "The only thing I can do," he said, however, "is keep on going.

I have another daughter to raise." Haryluck had raised Renee since she was 3 months old, and he began living with her mother, Bonnie Waddle. When her mother moved out. Haryluck continued raising Renee and the couple's daughter, who's now 5. Haryluck said Renee and her stepsister were close, sharing a bed and sometimes playing together. Now that Renee is gone, he said, his young daughter has asked him to build her "a robot Renee." "What can I tell her?" asked Haryluck, shrugging his shoulders.

So, he said, he tries not to mention Renee's name too often around the house as he works through his grief and his loss. Last Friday, he focused his memories on the happy times he shared with Renee. "She loved hugging." said Haryluck, remembering how Renee and her stepsister would wait up for him on Friday nights and throw their arms around him when he returned from work. Renee would hug him other times, too, he said. Margaret Durkin, who lives next door to Haryluck, also was on the receiving end of Renee's affection.

One day, she said, she and her sister learned it was Renee's birthday and slipped a few dollars into a birthday card for her. Renee went home to open the card, running back only a few minutes later to hug the sisters for their generosity. away." When Lakey-Loney got out of the hospital, she said she went to visit Osellanie at his garage, knowing that he knew Jolene and wanting to talk about her daughter's disappearance. "The man was so upset," remembers Lakey-Loney. "He said, 'How could anybody take a sweet little girl like She then recalls a tear streaming down Osellanie's face.

She said the mechanic had befriended her daughter as she walked by his old garage on Walnut Street on her way to John Adams Elementary School. There was a dog at the garage, she said, and Jolene, who loved animals, would stop and play with it. "She wanted to be a veteri God," because she didn't want them to match. "She was a unique individual," said Lakey-Loney. "She was born jn North Carolina and always considered herself a rebel and Lakey-Loney has boxed away much of Jolene's clothes and possessions, except for the jean jacket she lteeps in a downstairs closet and some clothes that Jolene shared with her sisters.

In the foyer of her home, she's also set aside a few "special photos of Jolene in first, second and third grades; the paper angel that Jolene colored in Sunday school when she was 5 or 6 years old; trophies from her dodge-ball games; and a "Bless this House" plaque that Jolene brought home one day when the family was living in New Jersey. On the ledge of a window In the foyer. Lakey-Loney also has propped the small Teddy bear that Jolene brought to her the morning of her disappearance. Lakey-Loney was in the Mercy Hospital in Scranton at the time, recovering from an intestinal virus, and Jolene bought the stuffed animal with money "She was a sweet little girl," said Durkin. "She had lovely manners." Haryluck said Renee was nev-( er into dolls, but loved earrings' and to curl and crimp her hair.

She was tall and pretty, he said, looking more like she was 11' than 9. He said Renee would get exclt-; ed over "the littlest things," like the first makeup set he bought for her some time ago. He let her wear the makeup around the house, he said, but frowned on I her wearing any when she went outdoors. He said Renee also was thrilled when he finished work- ing on her 10-speed bike, which she rode for the first time the day before her death. He'd pur- chased it used, he said, and re- furbished it.

On Friday, the bike stood next to a table full of toys. The police, he said, had dusted the pink tape around the handlebars for i fingerprints. Like the bike. Haryluck said he hasn't touched any of Re- i nee's belongings, although it's three weeks since his step- daughter's death. Everything, he said, is as she left it.

Haryluck leaned back on the banister and shook his head as he thought again about his step- daughter's death. "She didn't deserve that," he said once more, then turned and walked back into his house. visited Osellanie following her daughter's disappearance. She can't help wondering about the significance of the tear. "I can't judge anybody yet," she said, however.

"It could be misjudging somebody." But if Osellanie is responsible for Jolene's disappearance, she said as tears filled her eyes, "then in the time she was alive she had to feel horribly betrayed." Lakey-Loney said the past three years haven't been easy ones for her or her family. She's had the crank calls from youngsters pretending to be Jolene, dealing with them by blowing a sharp whistle in the receiver of the phone. Her children, she said, have had to bear gruesome comments from friends at school about Jolene's possible fate. "You cry a lot and you pray a lot," said Lakey-L6ney, holding a photograph of Jolene. She said she's become a bit overprotective of her other children, not allowing them to go anywhere alone, not even to the corner store.

"I don't trust anybody, anybody," she said. "I find I have less patience. I constantly feel I'm going to snap "How am I coping?" she asked. "Not well. Not well at narian," Lakey-Loney says.

On days that it rained, Osellanie would drive Jolene the few blocks to and from school. After learning about it, Lakey-Loney said that one day she stopped at the garage to thank Osellanie for giving her daughter the rides. Now that the Scranton man has been named a suspect In her ''daughter's disappearance and has been charged with the murder of a 9-year-old Scranton girl, Lakey-Loney has been thinking back to the day she she earned babysitting. "She was a brilliant child, excellent student," said Lakey-Loney. "She wouldn't have run State police have seized control of trio of investigations be Osellanie, a 44-year-old garage and Lakey Investigations, unable to find any trace of either' person and unable to make any arrests.

In the Finn murder, they had the young wdman's body, they interviewed scores of students and they had laboratory tests done on evidence from the crime scene. Still, their work produced no arrest. During the early part of the Finn Investigation, more than 25 police and detectives were assigned to the case. The numbers dwindled as leads led nowhere. State police, attempting to connect all four cases, say the connection may County District Attorney Andrew Jar-bola asked Scranton Mayor David Wenzel and City Police Chief James Klee to hand over all the case files and evidence to the state police.

Lt. George Kamage, head of the state police criminal investigations division at the Dunmore barracks, said certain elements in the four cases are related. Scranton police, however, didn't connect those elements in the chain of events dating back to Williams' dsap-pearance in December 1978. The city's detective bureau came up empty handed in both the Williams old Michele Jolene Lakey, as well as the murder of Laureen Finn, a 19-year-old University of Scranton student. The unsolved cases date back to 1978.

when Williams was reported missing. Lakey disappeared In 1987, Finn was murdered two years ago and Waddle was killed last month. Williams. Lakey and Waddle all lived In the city's Hill section, not far from Osellanie's Finn also lived nearby. After Waddle's burning body was found and the state police stepped In nearly three weeks ago, Lackawanna BY JERRY LYNOTT Time Leader Staff Writer SCRANTON Three days after Pennsylvania State Police arrested Frank Osellanie and listed him as the prime suspect in the murder of 9-year-old Renee Waddle, the state police assumed control of three other cases in which they suspect Osellanie is linked.

And the Scranton Police Department, which had been In charge of the cases, has come under public fire for falling to solve them. Scranton police unsuccessfully Investigated the disappearances of 22-year-old Joanne Williams and 1 1-year- owner with a history of court complaints against him. The state police began investigating the Waddle murder because the little girl's body was found in Roaring Brook Townshipoutside the City of Scranton and within the state police Jurisdiction. In the course of their investigation, they learned that on Nov. 7.

1988 the Lackawanna County Bureau of Children and Youth Services had filed a child sex abuse complaint against Osellanie. The complaint, filed with the ton police, was ignored by that department until after Waddle's murder..

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