Montgomery County state’s attorney and other county officials announce the launch of a special unit to fight abuse of the elderly.
“Crime is dropping in Montgomery County, but the character of crime is changing,” State’s Attorney John McCarthy said.
One key way it’s changing: There is more crime against seniors simply because there are more seniors.
McCarthy has assigned two experienced felony prosecutors — Jessica Hall and Hannah Gleason — to focus on cases of neglect, physical abuse and sexual abuse of older victims, McCarthy said. They will work at an office with Montgomery County police detectives investigating the same kinds of cases.
McCarthy also has hired an investigator to work on financial exploitation cases, which can be a tangled mix involving family connections, estate planning and dementia on the part of the victims.
McCarthy and County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) are scheduled to talk about the efforts at a news conference Thursday afternoon (October 16).