Hazleton man gets 11 to 22 years on child rape conviction

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A Hazleton man had the chance Friday to apologize for raping a teenage girl.

Instead, Larry E. Garlick, 46, remained quiet as he stood before Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough before being sentenced to up to 22 years in prison

“In the middle of the night, you go into a young girl’s room and raped her,” Vough said to Garlick. “You’ve shown no remorse.”

Garlick was convicted in a non-jury trial in June of rape, aggravated indecent assault, statutory sexual assault and indecent assault.

Hazleton police alleged Garlick raped the girl inside a city residence Feb. 28, 2017.

Police said Garlick entered the girl’s bedroom as she slept, got on top of her and raped her. She fought back, pushing Garlick off the bed but not until after the assault, court papers say.

Garlick told the girl not to tell anyone but the girl ran out and told her grandmother.

An aunt to the girl told Vough the youth has withdrawn after being active in school and singing.

“He should not be released. He is where he should be,” the aunt said.

Hazleton police Detective Sgt. William Gallagher said Garlick could have taken responsibility but opted for a bench trial before Vough, which forced the girl to testify and relive the rape.

In an attempt at a lower sentence, Garlick’s mother-in-law described him as being helpful around her neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she said he helped feed the homeless.

Assistant District Attorney Angela Sperrazza asked for a lengthy prison term while Garlick’s attorney, Daniel Craig Nevins, requested a reduced sentence.

Vough reiterated that Garlick had shown no remorse for raping the girl, imposing a sentence of 11 to 22 years in state prison.

Upon his release, Garlick must register as a sex offender and be required to register his address and employment with law enforcement for life.

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By Ed Lewis

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