Tacony man accused of harassment, indecent exposure

George To­bin

A Ta­cony man with three pri­or pris­on stints and more than a dozen ar­rests for charges in­clud­ing har­ass­ment, lewd­ness and cor­rupt­ing a minor was locked up again on April 29 for al­legedly ac­cost­ing sev­er­al young wo­men at Phil­adelphia Uni­versity.

George To­bin, 46, of the 7100 block of Key­stone St., first got in­to trouble more than a quarter-cen­tury ago, ac­cord­ing to Phil­adelphia court re­cords, but he had been es­sen­tially free from trouble in the city since 1995.

Po­lice now say he was re­spons­ible for five in­cid­ents of har­ass­ment or in­de­cent ex­pos­ure in­volving wo­men near the uni­versity’s East Falls cam­pus. One oc­curred at 1 p.m. on April 18, fol­lowed by four more from noon to 1 p.m. on April 24. The wo­men vic­tims ranged in age from 18 to 26. Po­lice al­lege that To­bin ap­proached the wo­men and asked them in­ap­pro­pri­ate ques­tions. In at least one case, To­bin al­legedly ex­posed his gen­it­als.

To­bin was ques­tioned at the po­lice de­part­ment’s Spe­cial Vic­tims Unit on April 29 and sub­sequently charged with in­de­cent ex­pos­ure, open lewd­ness and har­ass­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to court re­cords, To­bin was first ar­res­ted in 1986 for reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and as­sault. He was con­victed of simple as­sault and sen­tenced to pro­ba­tion. From 1987 through early 1989, he was charged in at least nine sep­ar­ate cases, mostly in­volving har­ass­ment and re­lated of­fenses. In one 1988 in­cid­ent in­volving a 10-year-old child, he was ac­cused of in­de­cent ex­pos­ure, lewd­ness and cor­rupt­ing a minor, but those charges were later with­drawn. In an­oth­er 1988 in­cid­ent, he was ac­cused of im­per­son­at­ing a pub­lic ser­vant, in ad­di­tion to oth­er charges.

All nine cases were ad­ju­dic­ated in Com­mon Pleas Court on March 23, 1989, where he pleaded guilty to har­ass­ment, mak­ing ter­ror­ist­ic threats, simple as­sault, in­de­cent as­sault and theft, while the pro­sec­utor with­drew nu­mer­ous oth­er charges. A judge sen­tenced To­bin to 11 to 23 months in pris­on, as well as pro­ba­tion.

In 1991, he was again charged with har­ass­ment, but the case was with­drawn. In 1992, he was con­victed of an­oth­er har­ass­ment charge and sen­tenced to 4 to 8 months in pris­on.

He was ar­res­ted later in 1992 and again in 1993 in sep­ar­ate har­ass­ment cases. A judge con­victed him in both cases in Janu­ary 1995 and ordered To­bin to serve 6 to 12 months in pris­on.

There is no men­tion in court doc­u­ments of To­bin be­ing ordered to re­gister as a sex of­fend­er. Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law took ef­fect on April 21, 1996.

To­bin is be­ing held in the Cur­ran-From­hold Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity in lieu of $5,000 bail and is sched­uled for a court hear­ing on May 9. ••

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