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Man Accused of Forcing Stepchildren to Commit Sex Acts

Posted February 6, 2007

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— Authorities in Cumberland County have arrested a man they believe forced his step-children to participate in sexual acts with him.

Sheriff deputies said Charles Hollenback, 43, of Zanesville, Ohio, had sex with his 8-year-old and 7-year-old stepdaughters. Investigators said the crimes occurred between May 1 and June 30, 2006 when the family lived in Fayetteville.

Authorities also said Hollenback repeatedly threatened and abused children.

Hollenback faces a variety of charges, including first-degree rape and felony child abuse. He is currently in the Cumberland County Jail on $575,000 bond.

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  • msmith053 Feb 8, 2007

    If this did happen, all I can say, is I feel sorry for everyone involved. But you will never convence me that it did. Because there are so many things that no one knows. And where was the Childrens Services. This family was reported on numerous occasions?

  • msmith053 Feb 8, 2007

    I do believe this article says that he was BELIEVED TO OF, which means that this hasn't been proven yet. And just because he was charged does not mean he has been convicted. Who are you people to judge this person? Only God has that right. And if he is being accused of this falsely then you people should be made to apologize. And please remember to watch what you say, there may be others that this could hurt. You should always get ALL

  • 2AMANDA2 Feb 6, 2007

    furthermore, bnzupnln said it best. there are nasty women who molest children as well. i work in corrections and you'd be amazed at what some people are capable of.

    to answer another question...sex offenders are required to register in whatever county of whatever state they live in within 10 days of arrival and within 10 days of any move. that is a federal law and a felony if not done. our local corrections office is currently working hard to update all of the addresses in our sex offender registry.

  • 2AMANDA2 Feb 6, 2007

    that's the problem with this board. too many people see a post and jump to conclusions about the poster.

    all i said was that's why you don't leave any man with your daughters. to hear ya'll tell it, i have issues with men, i can't trust men, i said ALL men can't be trusted. somebody feels bad for my husband.

    let me explain something to you...it starts at home. i have never told my husband he can't spend time with his daughters alone, etc. i have a loving husband who is a wonderful father. i don't distrust him or sit and watch every little thing he does. although, i am a woman of today's time and i am a realist. i know that most molestations are family members or acquaintances. it's also about teaching your child what is appropriate and inappropriate touching.

    let's think people!

  • jannisheart Feb 6, 2007

    No matter what his punishment is, there is no way to repair the damage he's already done to these children. Unfortunately, they usually say, "it's his word against their word" unless they carry physical evidence. It's a shame that people are so mentally ill and sick that they can stoop to the level of hurting children. There are many children who sit in silence and live in this type of environment. I'm a grown up victim and even though I've learned many ways to move on, live my life, and not let my childhood cripple me as an adult. I do know that the man, my step-father, still walks the streets today, no sentence, no nothing because it was "my word at the age of 9 against a 30 something year old man."

  • lawpirate is still around Feb 6, 2007

    In the wize words of my brother "If you hurt my child, there isn't anything the law can do to help you OR me."

  • sherry9542000 Feb 6, 2007

    I feel that people should not judge someone until they know the complete facts. I agree that child molesters should be punished severly, but I will not judge someone that the newspaper has already convicted. As a person that was molested as a child, I do not condon the behavior. I have seen people wrongly accused just because someone wanted to get back at that person. I have seen it with couples going thru divorce and each person wants to hurt the other. So don't be to hasty to judge. Someone may just judge you someday.

  • rkwhightsel Feb 6, 2007

    As a neice of this man, I do not believe that he did any of this to his stepchildren. He has other children of his own, and he never touched them. He helped raise me, and never touched me. I believe that he is not guilty, and that he has been set up by sertin people in that state and in another. But if he is GUILTY, he should pay for what he has done, and in prison he will the wrong way.

  • Made In USA Feb 6, 2007

    I think this man is so sick that he ought to spend a long time in jail without the possibility of parole. Period.

  • jotoho99 Feb 6, 2007

    Due to this great nations justic system, he will get a slap on the hand I on the other hand I think he should be handed over to the plubic for punishment. can I get an A_MEN on this God bless the Children they dont deserve this.