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Stepfather of accused man charged with sex crimes

Posted December 19, 2008

— The stepfather of a Cumberland County man charged with molesting two sisters faces sex-crimes charges as well, authorities said Friday.

Richard Elderfield, 53, of 314 Woodson St. in Salisbury,  was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child. He was being held Friday in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $2,000 secured bond.

Elderfield is accused of inappropriate behavior with a 7-year-old autistic girl while she and her family were visiting at a Fayetteville home in March 2004, authorities said.

The information was disclosed as detectives began investigating allegations of sex crimes against Elderfield's stepson, James David Parris.

Parris, 39, of 4825 Backbay Road, has been in jail since September on charges of sexually molesting an 11-year old girl. He was charged this week with similar crimes involving the girl's older sister.

The offenses happened on several occasions, beginning in July 2002, authorities said.

Parris was being held Friday in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $2.8 million bond.


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  • raggy831 Dec 19, 2008

    what in the he hocky sticks is this world coming too? sex, murder, robbery, we need to go back to the basics...teach your children well! Bring God back to the USA, and things will slowly start to get better.

  • Alexia.1 Dec 19, 2008

    Anne, the 7-year-old girl is now 10 or 11, right? It appears this supposedly happened at least 4 years ago. I am by no means defending this man if he is guilty, but just because a kid says something does not mean it's true. And just because the younger one was autistic does not mean she is incapable of fabricating a story. It was her older sister started making these accusations, right? It may be that the younger one is just going along with the older one.

    Anyway, these are definitely very serious charges and it concerns me that a person might sit in jail for months or years on the word of a little girl who might just be spiteful for some other reason and wants to ruin his life.

    There should be some evidence, otherwise it's the word of one against the other.

  • silverflash Dec 19, 2008

    evidence is and should always be required. how would you like to be finger-pointed at in regards to something as disgusting as this? If they are guilty then yeah, send them to prison where they will be the victims, but until then, they are innocent until proven guilty. Just because someone says something does not make it fact. Ask me about my ex on that one and I can tell ya a story.

  • ShareTheRoad Dec 19, 2008

    how disgusting.

    what kind of 'evidence' do you need? body fluids from the little girl still caked under his fingernails? give me a break...

  • Anne N Dec 19, 2008

    paul - I highly dought a 7-year-old autistic girl just made this up...GUILTY.

  • Alexia.1 Dec 19, 2008

    I agree it is disghusting if they did it. But, did they? Or is it possible that the girls just made up the story? Is there any evidence beyond spoken words? It is scary to think two men might be arrested and held without evidence.

  • Adelinthe Dec 19, 2008


    Praying for the children.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB