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Elder abuse prosecutor speaks in county Friday

One of the nation’s most experienced prosecutors of elder abuse will speak at a Washington County forum to dispel misconceptions about the crime.

The forum will be from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St. The forum is free, but attendees are asked to respond to Washington County Disability, Aging & Veterans Services at 503-846-3060.

Paul Greenwood came from Britain to San Diego, Calif., in 1991, and was asked in 1995 to prosecute cases of elder abuse. According to AARP, the prosecution unit he leads now in San Diego County is one of a handful in the nation to specialize in such cases.

They can involve not only physical but financial abuse.

Greenwood will offer practical advice and specific suggestions for those who work with older persons.

Among other scheduled speakers at the Washington County forum are Ellen Klem, director of consumer outreach and education for the Oregon Department of Justice; Sheriff Pat Garrett and District Attorney Bob Hermann.