A Whitehall husband and wife have been arrested after the husband allegedly fondled a 16-year-old girl and the wife did not report the incident after witnessing it, police said.
Daniel T. LaRose, 57, of Broadway was charged with forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors, after police learned he had “unwanted sexual contact” with the teen at his home in March. He was acquainted with the girl.
Whitehall Police Chief Matt Dickinson said LaRose’s wife, Lynn M. LaRose, 56, interrupted the incident, but did not contact police or make a child abuse hotline report about it.
She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Dickinson said the allegations against Mr. LaaRose did not rise to the level of felony sexual abuse. He was arraigned and sent to Washington County Jail for lack of bail, while his wife was released pending prosecution.
Police asked that anyone with information in the case contact Whitehall Police Detective Frank Hunt at 499-1316.