55-year-old accused of stalking 6-year-old girl in his neighborhood, Florida police say


A 55-year-old man has been charged with aggravated stalking after subjecting a 6-year-old Florida girl to months of catcalls, including a promise to turn her “into a woman,” according to the Volusia Sheriff’s Office.

Video shared by the department shows Mark Greenburg denied the charges when he was arrested at his home in Deltona on Saturday, Sept. 3. Deltona is located about 50 kilometers northeast of Orlando.

Prosecutors include the girl’s father and other neighbors, who “reported a long pattern of his harassing behavior towards her and others,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

“The arrest followed a series of complaints from nearly a dozen witnesses who reported his conduct, including at least 11 incidents reported to the sheriff’s office in the past 8 months,” officials said.

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“Those reports involved Greenburg harassing neighbors, yelling at them and their children using a megaphone, and driving past houses while recording children on his phone.”

Deputies attempted to interview Greenburg at his home on Friday, Sept. 2, but he refused to open the door, the sheriff’s office reports.

That visit was prompted by complaints from the girl’s father that Greenburg “walked to the end of his driveway and made several unusual comments to his 6-year-old daughter while she was playing outside,” officials said.

The catcalls had become “increasingly worse and more frequent” in recent weeks, leaving the 6-year-old fearful of going outside, the father told officers.

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The comments contained words along the lines of ‘I’m going to make you famous’ and ‘I’m going to turn you into a woman’ or a ‘big girl’. Several witnesses have made similar statements about Greenburg’s comments to the child, including that he would pick her up and take her to Disney World,” the sheriff’s office said.

He is also accused of following the girl to her grandmother’s house in another neighborhood, officials said. “It was reported that Greenburg parked outside (the grandmother’s house) and took photos Thursday and Friday,” the sheriff’s office said.

Greenburg was arrested after the sheriff’s office received a search warrant and returned to his home on Saturday. He is charged with aggravated stalking involving a person under the age of 16, prison records show. Bond was set at $5,000.

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Aggravated stalking is a felony and involves “a person who intentionally, maliciously and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person and poses a credible threat to that person,” according to Leg.state.fl.us.

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