Family `Friend' Who Molested Boy Is Jailed For 6-15 Years

Posted: February 18, 1999

The Rhawnhurst couple considered Karl Margulies, 61, a trusted friend.

So they allowed Margulies to care for their 12-year-old son while they went bowling Wednesday evenings from January through March 1998.

On each occasion, Margulies sexually molested the boy repeatedly, Assistant District Attorney Christopher Mallios said yesterday.

The boy, now 13, said the assaults began on Jan. 12, when Margulies came into his bedroom while he was "watching my favorite cartoon. It happened every Wednesday night. It happened about 30 times, always in my bedroom."

Margulies, of Wyndmoor, Montgomery County, who pleaded no defense to the assaults, apologized at his sentencing before Common Pleas Judge Rayford A. Means. "I am very sorry for what I did, and for what I have done to the family," said Margulies, a South Street deli worker. He asked the judge for house arrest.

His lawyer said Margulies was already rehabilitated.

After the prosecutor told Means that Margulies has a prior conviction for sexually molesting a young child, the judge sentenced him to six to 15 years in prison. Means said he was jailing Margulies to protect the public and to punish him.

"His record shows that he is incapable of rehabilitation," said Mallios, noting the prior child molesting case netted Margulies only 12 weekends in jail.

The incident shook the family. The boy and his parents are in therapy, the prosecutor said.

The attacks were uncovered when the boy's 81-year-old grandmother walked past a bedroom and saw her nude grandson with Margulies. She told the parents when they got home.

In a statement to Means, the boy's father said Margulies "is obviously a very, very, mentally sick man. I am asking you to heavily consider what he has done to our family.

"Hopefully, your sentence will prevent another family from suffering as we have."

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