70-Year-Old Springdale Man Accused Of Rape While Wife In Hospital

George Friend

SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – A 70-year-old Springdale man was arrested on suspicion of fondling a woman on Sunday (Aug. 31) outside a hospital where his wife was a patient, police say.

George A. Friend, 70, was booked into the Washington County Detention Center at 4:20 p.m. and faces a charge of rape, according to the jail’s intake report.

Friend was in the parking lot of Northwest Medical Center in Springdale at 9:15 a.m. He was approached by the victim and another man, who asked for a cigarette, according to a preliminary report.

The victim told police that she struck up a conversation with Friend while the man (who she said was her stepfather) went to a nearby gas station. After the man left, Friend grabbed the victim and kissed her on the lips. Then, he moved to her side and put his hand down her shorts, the report states.

The victim also explained to police that she told Friend she was feeling abdominal pain and was pregnant, according to the report.

After that, she said that Friend gave her $10 and told her to “keep her mouth shut,” the report states.

The victim told police that she had never seen Friend before and kept telling him that she had to get to her mother, who was being treated in the hospital. Eventually, she was able to get away and contact the police, according to the report.

Officers found Friend after the victim identified him as the person who assaulted her. Authorities asked Friend to come into the police station for an interview, and he agreed to do so, the report states.

Friend told officers during an interview that a woman he didn’t know came up to him and asked him for cigarettes. She was with a man, and Friend started up a conversation. The man left, and the victim told Friend that the man was her stepfather, according to the report.

Friend also told police that the victim became “flirty” and talked about needing a cigarette and money for more cigarettes. Friend said he felt bad for her, so, he gave her $10, the report states.

While they continued to talk, Friend said the victim changed the conversation topic to sex and kissed him on the cheek. Friend said that he “had not had sex in a while” and kissed her on the lips, according to the report.

Friend told police he thought she “wanted more,” so he put his hand down her shorts, the report states.

Friend was initially at the hospital because his wife was being treated there, and he said he originally left to get her some toothpaste and a toothbrush from their home, according to the report.

He is set to appear in court on Sept. 3, according to the jail’s intake report.

12 comments

  • FEDUP

    The elderly gentleman was suckered. I can’t imagine the fate awaiting him when his wife is advised of the situation. Good luck Mr. Friend, you’re going to need it.

  • Velda

    100% chance they set this old man up. They probably do this a lot and ask for large amounts of cash, or threaten to call the police.

    She needs arrested.

  • Marie

    This is a sad situation. This old guy just was not in tune with how Sorry people Are Nowdays. This gal ever say , Why She ‘allowed’ him to touch her?

  • Linda

    I don’t care if it was a set up. He is a married man with a wife in the hospital. What was he doing kissing a strange woman on the mouth and with his hand down her pants. Give me a break.

    • CJ

      I wonder how they got him to “sing like a canary”? I guarantee it wasn’t the first time he has done something inappropriate. I bet the wife is still wondering where the toothbrush and toothpaste are.

  • Tapedisp1@yahoo.com

    This was a setup by some low life’s – clearly. Should he have done it? No and for that he is very wrong.

  • Shut Up Rape Apologists!

    What is wrong with some of you? The woman’s own mother was in the hospital. She was not there to get assaulted. Bunch of creeps.

  • objectivefodder

    Keep your hands to yourself and never never never trust someone you just met that appears interested in you or your personal emotional dilemma, much less your family relationship or medical crisis at hand. This situation should be a valuable lesson to those of you who are vulnerable and naive. Also, anyone that is aware of laws and definitions knows that rape has been broadened encompassing a much greater scope and meaning-way farther beyond what it once was conceived to be. It’s easy to break the laws of intimacy and sexual overt behavior. Many a man is in prison for what was once considered innocent silly naughty behavior. Actions are interpreted differently today. Just touching someone in an odd way in public or private can get you prison time. Law enforcement defines the climate of behavior and judges every situation differently also. Women have the upper hand if they can play victim for the right officer(s). Con Artists and victims are easily constructed with practice. After all, we learned this behavior from television drama “law and order” productions, didn’t we? We’re in a modern America whereby inhibitions and thoughts can get you twenty years and a felony conviction. Mixed messages abound. The Matriarchal society is deadly venomous to the unsuspecting naïve older man who knows not the societal boundaries of acceptance and sexual proclivities by the otherwise more intelligent younger female. If you’re a male, go to the mall and gawk or stare at women with googling eyes and see how fast you’re approached by security. The John Wayne era of male chauvinism and chivalry died decades ago. If you’re a male, you’re fair game for extortion, con-games and thought policing by the opposite sex.

  • zztopperman

    The old man is clearly off in his head or just a scum bag just like the woman. Both supposedly had people in the hospital, yet they had time to be out there bumming cigarettes, money and maybe a little sex?! What a bunch of crap ! Both were clearly in a place they should not have been, because what went down doesn’t happen in broad daylight where people are able to watch ! Scummy people! Must have been a very slow day for the police. Even slower day for the prosecuting attorney if he lets this go to trial !

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