Hartford City Council Meeting

Residents of a Hartford neighborhood fear for the health and safety of their children.

Local authorities have received complaints of older men going out with girls as young as 11-years-old.

The issue came up during a city council meeting.

Stacy Engram is a resident of Hartford’s Highland Park community and she says “it's not unusual to see young teenage girls in the company of men that are sometimes ten, twenty and even thirty-years-older.”

Margaret Holloway believes some of these men could even be charged with statutory rape, or at least adding to the delinquency of a minor.

Authorities say they've come across isolated incidents and the Department of Human Resources personnel have even been brought in to investigate.

Some residents believe a curfew for young people may be the answer, making sure they're not on the streets at all hours of the night.

Hartford Police Chief Greg Adams says his officers will be keeping a watch to determine if there's improper contact being made between adult males and young teenage girls.