16 Year Old Tells Police MacDonnell Sexually Abused Her At Forensic Seminar
Elmira Star Gazette
Famed criminalist Herb MacDonell, of Corning, a Bolivar, NY, native, has been charged with endangering the welfare of another child.
State police at Painted Post said Friday they have arrested MacDonell, 84, of the Town of Corning, and charged him with forcible touching, exposure of a person, second-degree aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.
The arrest was made after a 16-year-old girl came forward following MacDonell’s arrest Monday on charges including endangering the welfare of an 11-year-old girl, police said.
“My attorney has advised me not to comment on anything, but as I said before, there’s two sides to every story, and I just don’t want to say anything more,” MacDonell said when reached by telephone late Friday afternoon.
The 16-year-old, who is from outside the local area, had attended a forensic seminar at MacDonell’s residence during the summer, police said.
She told police that MacDonell subjected her to sexual contact, exposed his penis and threatened to disclose personal health information he claimed to have obtained through forensic analysis of an item she had discarded in a trash can, police said.
The 16-year-old said she had been afraid to disclose the sexual abuse because of MacDonell’s close association with the legal profession, police said.
MacDonell was also charged with second-degree sexual abuse as part of the investigation that resulted in his arrest Monday, police said. That arrest came in response to a report to the state child abuse hotline concerning his behavior while photographing an 11-year-old girl at his residence.
That arrest was based on inappropriate photographs of the girl obtained by investigators, police said.
MacDonell, who has published several books on evidence analysis and testified at criminal and civil trials all over the world, will answer the new charges Dec. 31 in Corning Town Court.