ITHACA, N.Y. –– An Ithaca man is facing multiple felony charges after being indicted on allegations he sexually abused a 7-year-old girl over a period of at least 3 months.

The man, identified as 42-year-old Dale Harbin, was arraigned in Tompkins County Court this week, after an arrest by the Ithaca Police Department and subsequent indictment by the Tompkins County Grand Jury. The FBI assisted IPD in its investigation.

Harbin is charged with 3 counts of sex abuse, 2 counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and one count Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the Second Degree. He was released on his own recognizance following arraignment.

According to court documents, between July and October of 2016, Harbin engaged in multiple acts of sexual contact with the 7-year-old child.

“The Ithaca Police Department continues to seek justice for all child and adult victims. We ask that the public continue to assist us in this mission by reporting any crime or suspected instances of child abuse or maltreatment,” a statement from IPD says.

There are resources available for those who may be victim to, or have witnessed sexual abuse:

The Advocacy Center.  This organization provides free assistance to victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual abuse.  Additionally, the Advocacy Center maintains a strict policy of confidentiality – victims can talk to the professionals at the Advocacy Center with confidence that nothing they say will be distributed to anyone.  To reach the Advocacy Center, view the Advocacy Center Link, dial (607) 277-5000 (to reach the 24 hour hotline) or dial (607) 277-3203 (between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays).

Child Abuse Hotline.  Officially known as the “Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment” the Hotline is a 24-hour phone line that can be used to report suspected child abuse.  You can reach the hotline by dialing 1-800-342-3720. If you think a child is in imminent danger, dial 911.

Ithaca Police Department. The Ithaca Police Department can be reached by dialing (607) 272-3245 or through their online tipline form.  

Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com