San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
DATE/TIME: December 29, 2016
INCIDENT: Digital Penetration with a Foreign Object
LOCATION: 15000 block of 7th Street
SUSPECT(S): Gregory Harmeling, 45 of Victorville
VICTIM(S): Confidential-Adult Female
In early December of 2016, the victim, who is developmentally disabled and suffers from other medical conditions, attended a counseling session with Gregory Harmeling, a licensed Marriage and Family Counselor with offices in Victorville and the Needles area. This was her second visit with the therapist. During the session, Harmeling sat next to the victim and started brushing her hair. He eventually began touching her in an inappropriate manner then proceeded to lock his office door, preventing the victim from leaving. Harmeling pushed the victim on to her back, climbed on top of her and sexually assaulted her. The victim expressed she did not want to be touched in a sexual manner, but Harmeling continued for several minutes.
Through investigation, detectives from the Victorville Police Department were able to gather information supporting the allegations made by the victim. On December 29, 2016, Harmeling was arrested and booked into the High Desert Detention Center.
A photograph of the suspect is being released, as it is believed that other victims may exist.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective Dana Weinberg at the Victorville Police Department at (760) 243-1989. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
Refer:Detective Dana Weinberg
Station:Victorville Police Department
Phone No.(760) 241-2911
John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department
Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division
655 E. Third Street
San Bernardino, California 92415-0061
Telephone: (909) 387-3700