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Fayetteville sex offender accused of trying to abduct boy

Posted March 22, 2013

— Fayetteville police arrested a registered sex offender Thursday who is accused of trying to abduct an 11-year-old boy last month.

Surveillance video shows a man identified as Patrick Maurice Woodruff, 43, of 6573 Vineyard Drive, talking to the boy and attempting to lure him away from his father inside the Cumberland County Department of Social Services on Feb. 18, police said.

The boy refused Woodruff's advances and ran to his father to report what happened, police said. The boy wasn't harmed.

"I just said to him, 'Why did you ask my son to go with you? What's going on with you?' He said, 'Your son is lying,'" the boy's father said Friday. "This guy must have really been desperate with his needs to still try and pursue my son, knowing that I was standing right there."

Woodruff is charged with attempted child abduction and was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $70,000 bond.

He has convictions from 1996 and 2002 for taking indecent liberties with a minor, according to state Department of Public Safety records. Authorities said the children in those cases were 8 and 13.

"Never take for granted that your children are safe," the Fayetteville boy's father said. "There's no telling what he might have done."


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  • ljwhitmire Mar 22, 2013

    "Kill 'em all" is a catchy slogan, but it doesn't actually protect children. First question is how did this man even get into DSS, what was he doing there?

    Second, how did someone with a history like this slip through the cracks? According to the US Sentencing Commission, the guidelines being administered by non-professionals are about as accurate as random chance (December, 2012). The entire system associated with the registry has been shown to have no effect on crimes because it doesn't address the actual facts associated with child abuse.

    Lastly, kudos to this young man for knowing what to do! But parents need to make sure kids can protect themselves not only from strangers, but people they know as well. Kids are in most danger of abuse from family and school friends. Many offenses happen at school every day and goes unreported.

  • lwe1967 Mar 22, 2013

    Just how sick is this guy? Lock him up! $70,000.00 bond is not enough!

  • djofraleigh Mar 22, 2013

    While a menace to society, I wonder what therapy the man has been given or forced to take, and if therapy is effective at all? What are we to do about pedophiles because punishment alone is not working. It's bound to be an impulsive act of perverse desire. What can be done?

    This father was there. The kid knew to run to him. The criminal was in a most public place, DSS, with cameras, and tried it anyway. What are we to do? People can't keep kids in a jar, for that harms them too.

  • City Boy Mar 22, 2013

    "Mean while parents needs (sic) to take more responsibility and watch their children like they should. Young children should not be left all by themselves."

    What a ridiculous statement, Blame the victim, yea that works...UGH!

  • City Boy Mar 22, 2013

    NC Registry has a least (2) prior convictions for the abuse of children. Now just how many more times is this molester going to be allowed to hurt children, or even kill one of them. My question is how many other children has he abused that we don't know about...very troubling.

  • jenjengirl89 Mar 22, 2013

    In bygone days, guys like this would just disappear in the dark of night.

  • waterlogger Mar 22, 2013

    Sigh...why are we so concerned with the rights of people like this? Why are we supposed to pay for this man to spend a little time in jail, be released, just to, most likely, do this again? I vote thumbs down on all convicted child molesters. They should not be.

  • Terkel Mar 22, 2013

    "Mean while parents needs (sic) to take more responsibility and watch their children like they should. Young children should not be left all by themselves."

    He and his father were in the DSS offices, not left all by himself. I know that.

    You do too.

  • Terkel Mar 22, 2013

    Right inside the DSS office? Jeezy Pete!

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Mar 22, 2013

    charmcclainlovesdogs2 said:


    I think individually it sure would! In other words, while it would not fix the problem, by killing those who do these types of crimes, it DOES take care of that problem; and that, is a solution - individually.