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  

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