Alleged Serial Child Sex Abuser Could Face 20 Years

Ronald Libby, 73, of Salem. [Credit: Salem Police Department]
Ronald Libby, 73, of Salem. [Credit: Salem Police Department]
An elderly Salem man has been indicted as the state continues to build a case against him because police believe he has been sexually abusing children whom his wife has babysat over the years.

Ronald Libby, 73, of 2 Jill Road in Salem, was indicted this month on one count of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault for alleged acts between September 2008 and July 2010.

The indictment alleges a pattern of sexually abusive behavior occurred during that timeframe, which is consistent with previous information released by the Salem Police Department.

Libby was arrested on an aggravated felonious sexual assault warrant on Aug. 22. Police said at the time that Libby was charged because a victim reported Libby attempted to get the victim "on numerous occasions" to "touch him inappropriately" in addition to attempting to "touch the victim inappropriately."

Police have also allegedly identified "several other potential minor victims" that they have said Libby may have abused "over the years."

The Eagle-Tribune has previously reported that Libby’s wife has cared for an "estimated 50 children over the past 20 to 30 years."

An indictment is not an indication of guilt or conviction; rather, it means a grand jury believed there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial.
Ron Wells December 19, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Lived down the street from Mr. Libby for years and had no idea. Didn't know his wife babysat. Seldom saw any kids in the yard. If he is found guilty than whatever punishment the state may give him will not be enough.
Riley Reid December 19, 2013 at 07:38 PM
I was surprised to see he put his truck in the Holiday parade. I believe innocent until proven guilty, but obviously something happened to children or this wouldn't have gotten this far. No matter what the sentence is he gets it won't be enough, he gave a life sentence to those children.
Patriot December 19, 2013 at 08:39 PM
(a victim reported Libby attempted) (one count of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault) What does that mean? 50 kids over 30 years and 1 claim of an attempt? I'm lost! I had the son do work for me, same name as his father. Horrible if true so sad if not.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something