Dennis Woodard – told to stay away from schools after leering at boys

A high-risk sex offender has been told to stay away from schools in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, where he has been spotted at boys’ athletic events.

School Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro sent a letter this week to Dennis Woodard of Kenmore, barring him from school property. It’s the only legal option available.

“He doesn’t even have probation anymore,” said Kenmore Police Chief Carl J. LaCorte. “He served his time.”

But as a Level 3, or high-risk, offender, Woodard will remain on the state’s sex offender registry for the rest of his life. Every year, he’s required to register in person at the local police department and have a photograph taken.

A former elementary school science teacher and coach in Central New York, Woodard, 65, was arrested in 1993 on federal charges that he sold pornographic videos and photos of young boys. He subsequently pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and sexually exploiting a youth, and spent more than a decade in prison on that conviction and a parole violation.

Woodard moved to Kenmore, where his parents lived, several years ago.

LaCorte said he suggested Woodard be barred from district property in a conversation with the school superintendent earlier this week.

“It’s sacred ground, to the point where simple trespass on the outside . . . is a misdemeanor because it’s a school,” the police chief said. Conviction on a misdemeanor count of trespass carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail.

Parents had notified police and district officials about Woodard’s presence at swimming meets and wrestling matches.

“I [saw] him at the last swim meet,” said Pam Coniglio, referring to an event Tuesday at Kenmore West High School. Her son, Tyler, is on Kenmore East’s swimming team.

“The idea of this guy looking at my son in a swimming suit . . .,” she said Friday. “He has no kids on the swim team. He has no reason to be there.”

Coniglio said she heard from other parents that Woodard also attended a swim meet in North Tonawanda.

She said she called the superintendent Wednesday and he took immediate action.

“We heard it from a parent. The superintendent got right on it,” Michael B. Haggerty, a district spokesman, said Friday.

Besides the letter, all district employees have been put on alert, Haggerty said. If Woodard is seen on district property, he’s to be removed and district officials notified, he said.

Previously, Haggerty said, the Ken-Ton community was told about Woodard living in the area through the notification provision in Megan’s Law.

Coniglio wants the word out about his recent activities.

“I would like to prevent something before it happens to any kid,” she said.

Dennis Woodard – told to stay away from schools after leering at boys

A high-risk sex offender has been told to stay away from schools in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, where he has been spotted at boys’ athletic events.

School Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro sent a letter this week to Dennis Woodard of Kenmore, barring him from school property. It’s the only legal option available.

“He doesn’t even have probation anymore,” said Kenmore Police Chief Carl J. LaCorte. “He served his time.”

But as a Level 3, or high-risk, offender, Woodard will remain on the state’s sex offender registry for the rest of his life. Every year, he’s required to register in person at the local police department and have a photograph taken.

A former elementary school science teacher and coach in Central New York, Woodard, 65, was arrested in 1993 on federal charges that he sold pornographic videos and photos of young boys. He subsequently pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and sexually exploiting a youth, and spent more than a decade in prison on that conviction and a parole violation.

Woodard moved to Kenmore, where his parents lived, several years ago.

LaCorte said he suggested Woodard be barred from district property in a conversation with the school superintendent earlier this week.

“It’s sacred ground, to the point where simple trespass on the outside . . . is a misdemeanor because it’s a school,” the police chief said. Conviction on a misdemeanor count of trespass carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail.

Parents had notified police and district officials about Woodard’s presence at swimming meets and wrestling matches.

“I [saw] him at the last swim meet,” said Pam Coniglio, referring to an event Tuesday at Kenmore West High School. Her son, Tyler, is on Kenmore East’s swimming team.

“The idea of this guy looking at my son in a swimming suit . . .,” she said Friday. “He has no kids on the swim team. He has no reason to be there.”

Coniglio said she heard from other parents that Woodard also attended a swim meet in North Tonawanda.

She said she called the superintendent Wednesday and he took immediate action.

“We heard it from a parent. The superintendent got right on it,” Michael B. Haggerty, a district spokesman, said Friday.

Besides the letter, all district employees have been put on alert, Haggerty said. If Woodard is seen on district property, he’s to be removed and district officials notified, he said.

Previously, Haggerty said, the Ken-Ton community was told about Woodard living in the area through the notification provision in Megan’s Law.

Coniglio wants the word out about his recent activities.

“I would like to prevent something before it happens to any kid,” she said.

Richard Elderfield & stepson James Parris charged with molesting multiple victims


A Fayetteville man charged with molesting an 11-year-old is now charged with abusing her sister.

Thirty-nine-year-old James Parris of Fayetteville has been in jail since September 2008 for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old girl. Now, he is facing charges for committing some of the same crimes against her older sister.

Parris is now charged with 108 counts of sex crimes involving the girls.

Detectives added three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, 36 counts of attempted first-degree statutory sexual offense and 36 counts of sexual act by substitute parent. Police say all of those crimes were committed against the oldest victim.

Parris allegedly arranged “cuddle time” with his victims and would touch them inappropriately. The offenses occurred on several occasions beginning in July 2002.

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


The stepfather of a man jailed for sex crimes is also facing charges.

Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives arrested 53-year-old Richard Elderfield of Salisbury for committing sex crimes against children.

He’s being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $2,000 bond and is charged with taking indecent liberties with a child.

His stepson, 39-year old James David Parris of Fayetteville has been held since September 2008 for sexually molesting an 11-year-old girl and her older sister. Bond for Parris is set at $2.8 million.

Elderfield allegedly became involved in inappropriate behavior with a 7-year-old autistic child while she and her family were visiting a home in Fayetteville in March 2004.

The information was disclosed as sheriff’s detectives began investigating new allegations of sex crimes against Parris.

Elderfield is expected to make a first court appearance today.

Published in: on December 20, 2008 at 10:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Richard Elderfield & stepson James Parris charged with molesting multiple victims


A Fayetteville man charged with molesting an 11-year-old is now charged with abusing her sister.

Thirty-nine-year-old James Parris of Fayetteville has been in jail since September 2008 for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old girl. Now, he is facing charges for committing some of the same crimes against her older sister.

Parris is now charged with 108 counts of sex crimes involving the girls.

Detectives added three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, 36 counts of attempted first-degree statutory sexual offense and 36 counts of sexual act by substitute parent. Police say all of those crimes were committed against the oldest victim.

Parris allegedly arranged “cuddle time” with his victims and would touch them inappropriately. The offenses occurred on several occasions beginning in July 2002.

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


The stepfather of a man jailed for sex crimes is also facing charges.

Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives arrested 53-year-old Richard Elderfield of Salisbury for committing sex crimes against children.

He’s being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $2,000 bond and is charged with taking indecent liberties with a child.

His stepson, 39-year old James David Parris of Fayetteville has been held since September 2008 for sexually molesting an 11-year-old girl and her older sister. Bond for Parris is set at $2.8 million.

Elderfield allegedly became involved in inappropriate behavior with a 7-year-old autistic child while she and her family were visiting a home in Fayetteville in March 2004.

The information was disclosed as sheriff’s detectives began investigating new allegations of sex crimes against Parris.

Elderfield is expected to make a first court appearance today.

Published in: on December 20, 2008 at 10:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Kaulana Futoshi Hirakawa – Boy Raper pleads guilty

A 25-year-old convicted sex offender pleaded guilty in Circuit Court yesterday to raping three boys under the age of 14.

Kaulana Futoshi Hirakawa, sentenced last week to more than 21 years in federal prison for taking a picture of a nude 8-year-old boy and posting it online, admitted raping that boy who was then 10, and two other boys who were 6 and 13. The assaults occurred in 2003, 2006 and 2007.

The former Disney Store salesclerk appeared in Judge Richard Pollack’s courtroom in shackles. He pleaded guilty to nine counts: five counts of first-degree sexual assault, three counts of third-degree sexual assault, and one count of first-degree promoting child abuse.

Hirakawa is a 2001 graduate of Moanalua High School. He lived with his parents in a Salt Lake apartment with his parents, where, police said, one of the sexual assaults took place.

Court documents charge he sexually assaulted three boys ages 6, 9 and 13. The boys were friends of his family, whom he babysat.Police said Hirakawa performed oral sex on two of the boys and took photos of their genitals.

Attorney Jeff Hawk said Hirakawa faces up to 20 years on the state charge. He will request that Hirakawa be allowed to serve the state term concurrent with the federal term at his sentencing on Feb. 18.

Hawk said his client pleaded guilty because he knows what he did was wrong. “He didn’t want to put the families through a trial,” he said.

As part of his guilty plea, Hirakawa is required to submit blood samples and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Published in: on December 20, 2008 at 9:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Kaulana Futoshi Hirakawa – Boy Raper pleads guilty

A 25-year-old convicted sex offender pleaded guilty in Circuit Court yesterday to raping three boys under the age of 14.

Kaulana Futoshi Hirakawa, sentenced last week to more than 21 years in federal prison for taking a picture of a nude 8-year-old boy and posting it online, admitted raping that boy who was then 10, and two other boys who were 6 and 13. The assaults occurred in 2003, 2006 and 2007.

The former Disney Store salesclerk appeared in Judge Richard Pollack’s courtroom in shackles. He pleaded guilty to nine counts: five counts of first-degree sexual assault, three counts of third-degree sexual assault, and one count of first-degree promoting child abuse.

Hirakawa is a 2001 graduate of Moanalua High School. He lived with his parents in a Salt Lake apartment with his parents, where, police said, one of the sexual assaults took place.

Court documents charge he sexually assaulted three boys ages 6, 9 and 13. The boys were friends of his family, whom he babysat.Police said Hirakawa performed oral sex on two of the boys and took photos of their genitals.

Attorney Jeff Hawk said Hirakawa faces up to 20 years on the state charge. He will request that Hirakawa be allowed to serve the state term concurrent with the federal term at his sentencing on Feb. 18.

Hawk said his client pleaded guilty because he knows what he did was wrong. “He didn’t want to put the families through a trial,” he said.

As part of his guilty plea, Hirakawa is required to submit blood samples and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Published in: on December 20, 2008 at 9:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pervert Carl Ranger tries to steal Xmas


Carl Ranger of Severn said he filled out the proper paperwork even gave Glen Burnie postal workers his identification. “I wasn’t trying to hide anything,” he said. But after investigators did a background check and discovered his status as a registered child sex offender, they quickly intercepted the letter. In December of 2000, Ranger pleaded guilty to one of 18 counts of child abuse – some of which included sexual offenses.

This week, the 68 year old attempted to answer a letter to Santa from a 14 year old Baltimore City girl. He said he and his wife just wanted to help someone in need. “We have a lot and we’re thankful for what we have and we want to share and unfortunately it seemed to be the wrong thing to do,” said Ranger. A convert to Catholicism, Ranger said he has changed; he reads his Bible daily, donates to several charities, even has made peace with the victim. “I have met with the victim, I apologized and she forgave me. I have confessed for my sins.” Still, the U.S Postal Service contacted the Baltimore girl’s family and has now shut down the 100 year old nationwide program.

According to the Postal Service, future names and addresses of the children will be blacked out and all gifts must be sent to the post office instead of being delivered to the child’s home. It is still unclear, why the Glen Burnie Postal Workers gave Ranger the letter before conducting a background check.

Published in: on December 20, 2008 at 12:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pervert Carl Ranger tries to steal Xmas


Carl Ranger of Severn said he filled out the proper paperwork even gave Glen Burnie postal workers his identification. “I wasn’t trying to hide anything,” he said. But after investigators did a background check and discovered his status as a registered child sex offender, they quickly intercepted the letter. In December of 2000, Ranger pleaded guilty to one of 18 counts of child abuse – some of which included sexual offenses.

This week, the 68 year old attempted to answer a letter to Santa from a 14 year old Baltimore City girl. He said he and his wife just wanted to help someone in need. “We have a lot and we’re thankful for what we have and we want to share and unfortunately it seemed to be the wrong thing to do,” said Ranger. A convert to Catholicism, Ranger said he has changed; he reads his Bible daily, donates to several charities, even has made peace with the victim. “I have met with the victim, I apologized and she forgave me. I have confessed for my sins.” Still, the U.S Postal Service contacted the Baltimore girl’s family and has now shut down the 100 year old nationwide program.

According to the Postal Service, future names and addresses of the children will be blacked out and all gifts must be sent to the post office instead of being delivered to the child’s home. It is still unclear, why the Glen Burnie Postal Workers gave Ranger the letter before conducting a background check.

Published in: on December 20, 2008 at 12:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Andres Enrique Cantu – Pedophile stopped by letter to Santa


Police in south Texas say a 9-year-old girl’s letter to Santa may have finally stopped a nightmare of sexual abuse for her and her 10-year-old sister.

Police allege that for as long as four years, Andres Enrique Cantu sexually abused the girls in their bedrooms while they slept or did their homework. Cantu is a computer lab aide at an alternative high school but has not been accused of crimes against students there.

The white-haired Cantu, 55, shuffled into court in leg irons and handcuffs for the second time in less than a week Tuesday to face a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a young child. He did not have an attorney present.

The 9-year-old’s plea to Santa, written as a school assignment, launched the investigation and led to the first charge of continuous sexual abuse last week. On Tuesday, Cantu was accused of abusing the girl’s older sister, who was also mentioned in the letter.

Investigators have refused to share the letter to Santa, saying it is evidence in an ongoing investigation. But the charging affidavit described it as “a wish list to Santa” asking that the girl’s relative stop touching her and her sister.

Pharr Police spokesman Lt. Guadalupe Salinas said the girls’ mother had been unaware of any abuse but that the relative had moved out of the home after an earlier falling out.

The Associated Press is not identifying the relationship of the man to the girls to protect their identities.

The girl submitted the letter to Santa to her teacher at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Pharr on Thursday as part of a class assignment, said Arianna Hernandez, spokeswoman for the Pharr-Alamo-San Juan Independent School District.

The teacher told a school counselor, who notified police, Hernandez said.

Cantu had worked in the neighboring McAllen Independent School District for 11 years, most recently in the computer lab at Lamar Academy. He was arrested at the school Friday.

Mark May, a spokesman for the McAllen district, said Cantu would have taught students “at times” as a computer lab aide but that there were “no reports, nothing to suggest that anything has occurred at school.”

The district’s policy is to place employees facing serious charges on administrative leave, May said.

Cantu was being held at the Hidalgo County Detention Center. His bond was set at $100,000 for the first charge and at $250,000 for the second.

Continuous sexual abuse is a first-degree felony that carries a mandatory sentence of at least 25 years and up to 99 years in prison.

Published in: on December 20, 2008 at 11:25 am  Leave a Comment  

Andres Enrique Cantu – Pedophile stopped by letter to Santa


Police in south Texas say a 9-year-old girl’s letter to Santa may have finally stopped a nightmare of sexual abuse for her and her 10-year-old sister.

Police allege that for as long as four years, Andres Enrique Cantu sexually abused the girls in their bedrooms while they slept or did their homework. Cantu is a computer lab aide at an alternative high school but has not been accused of crimes against students there.

The white-haired Cantu, 55, shuffled into court in leg irons and handcuffs for the second time in less than a week Tuesday to face a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a young child. He did not have an attorney present.

The 9-year-old’s plea to Santa, written as a school assignment, launched the investigation and led to the first charge of continuous sexual abuse last week. On Tuesday, Cantu was accused of abusing the girl’s older sister, who was also mentioned in the letter.

Investigators have refused to share the letter to Santa, saying it is evidence in an ongoing investigation. But the charging affidavit described it as “a wish list to Santa” asking that the girl’s relative stop touching her and her sister.

Pharr Police spokesman Lt. Guadalupe Salinas said the girls’ mother had been unaware of any abuse but that the relative had moved out of the home after an earlier falling out.

The Associated Press is not identifying the relationship of the man to the girls to protect their identities.

The girl submitted the letter to Santa to her teacher at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Pharr on Thursday as part of a class assignment, said Arianna Hernandez, spokeswoman for the Pharr-Alamo-San Juan Independent School District.

The teacher told a school counselor, who notified police, Hernandez said.

Cantu had worked in the neighboring McAllen Independent School District for 11 years, most recently in the computer lab at Lamar Academy. He was arrested at the school Friday.

Mark May, a spokesman for the McAllen district, said Cantu would have taught students “at times” as a computer lab aide but that there were “no reports, nothing to suggest that anything has occurred at school.”

The district’s policy is to place employees facing serious charges on administrative leave, May said.

Cantu was being held at the Hidalgo County Detention Center. His bond was set at $100,000 for the first charge and at $250,000 for the second.

Continuous sexual abuse is a first-degree felony that carries a mandatory sentence of at least 25 years and up to 99 years in prison.

Published in: on December 20, 2008 at 11:25 am  Leave a Comment