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The modern child sex which hunt

by ivy on August 20th, 2001 Willis Charles Dalldorf doesn't molest kids. He doesn't scare little girls and threaten to kill them. Dalldorf, beyond reasonable doubt, is a model citizen. As a father and Boy Scout leader, he has devoted much of his life to making the world better for children. He gives 10 percent of every dime he earns to various charities, such as the American Cancer Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and PBS. He doesn't drink, do drugs or smoke, and he has no criminal record. Like most great citizens, Dalldorf's quiet, modest life has never grabbed headlines.

Last month, all of that changed. Today, thousands of people throughout Boulder County have heard the name Willis Charles Dalldorf, and they've seen his picture in newspapers. And all they know is this: Dalldorf, 43, probably gropes and threatens little girls. That was the clear implication of stories that appeared in Boulder's Daily Camera, and Nederland's Mountain Ear. Charges were made, and no one at either paper made the slightest effort to validate or challenge them. And when Dalldorf was cleared of all charges, the newspaper staffs could not have cared less. They printed nothing. For all their readers know, Dalldorf remains the suspect of a crime so serious that a conviction could mean decades behind bars.

Dalldorf's only claim to fame results from what must be among the 10 stupidest, most ridiculous, least warranted, most annoying arrests of all time. Three fifth grade Britney Spears wannabe types copped an attitude about Dalldorf, whom they met on a school field trip last spring. They told a few tales about Dalldorf, out of context, to a teacher who wasn't on the trip. The teacher told the principal of Nederland Elementary School, and the principal told a school psychologist. The psychologist, working with third-hand, out-of-context information originated by unruly fifth grade girls, told the Nederland Police Chief. He told her to call the sheriff, and suddenly Dalldorf's world began to collapse.

Dalldorf was summoned for an interrogation with Good Cop Lori Cox and Bad Cop Steve Ainsworth.

"I had absolutely no idea why I was there," Dalldorf says. "I got done answering questions from one officer, who was relatively polite and civil, and then this guy comes in and sticks his nose right in my face and starts shouting. He said stuff like: 'I think you did this. I think you've had these problems for a long time, and you probably need to talk about it. You did it, didn't you?' And in a very defensive tone, I said 'did what?' I had absolutely no idea what it was that I supposedly did."

In her report, Cox described Dalldorf as "very hostile." And that's about the only case she had against Dalldorf. He wasn't polite when they confronted him in a bizarre manner in connection with a crime that they failed to explain, so they threw him in jail and ruined his life.

Anyone who doesn't believe this ought to review a copy of the Cox report. It's 11 pages of unsubstantiated poppycock, and if every allegation in it were true it still wouldn't make Dalldorf a criminal. Yet Cox and Ainsworth arrested him on two counts of sexual assault on children younger than 15, by a person in a position of trust. Only murder or espionage would be more damning.

Dalldorf's troubles began when he volunteered to chaperone his fifth grade son's field trip to the mountainous Calwood Ranch near Jamestown. The children were given a dress code, in writing, because they would be hiking through cold north face terrain in March. Before the hike, Dalldorf noticed three girls wearing short cotton shirts that didn't cover their midriffs, and one was in tight thin satin pants. He commented about the need for the girls to cover their bellies-it was about 30 degrees-and they told him it wouldn't be fashionable. He retrieved some sweaters and jackets from his truck and packed them into a backpack because he knew the girls would get cold on the walk. Nothing in the police report refutes the above tale, but Dalldorf's comment about their attire made the girls "uncomfortable."

The report rambles on about a scheduled stop the hikers made at an old abandoned homestead. In front of the entire group, including other adult chaperones, Dalldorf began demonstrating an old rusty crank that was part of a wheel and axle system. Dalldorf joked with the children that the crank had at one time been used as an "automatic child beater," then delivered a lecture about the principles of leverage.

But in the police report, Cox writes about interrogating Dalldorf for his "reference to the tools used to hurt and kill children." The girls had reported being scared by this.

Another allegation in the report involves a tractor at the farmstead. In front of all the other adults and children, Dalldorf explained how the seat-extended back on a long steel suspension spring-was designed to absorb the shock of rough turf. With a girl sitting on it, he pulled the seat down to show how it would bounce. By doing so, his hand was near the girl's behind, and may have actually made contact with the buttock.

The report tries to establish whether Dalldorf may have bumped one of the girl's breasts, attempting to "cover up his actions" by reaching for a container of sugar or flour. Even the "victim" of this breast assault told deputies she didn't know whether it was an accident or not.

All of these alleged atrocities-these "sexual assaults"-took place in the full view of other adults who came to his defense.

Dalldorf spent 27 hours in jail, before posting a $7,500 bond. He was told he couldn't go home to his wife and two boys, that he couldn't have contact with anyone younger than 18, and that he couldn't leave the state.

The day after Dalldorf made bail, his father died. The case against Dalldorf was so obviously silly and unfounded that a prosecutor with the Boulder District Attorney's office successfully convinced a judge to waive the conditions of bond that would have prevented Dalldorf from attending the out-of-state funeral with his family. Later, another prosecutor asked another judge to let Dalldorf photograph a wedding, assuring the judge Dalldorf was no threat. And just last week, a full month after the arrest, the DA walked away from the case. Dalldorf never even consulted a lawyer.

But Dalldorf's once-thriving photography business, A Better Light Photography, is almost dead due to the one-sided publicity. He's a pariah to some neighbors and acquaintances.

"We face the very real possibility of losing our home over this," Dalldorf says.

Lisa Meyer and James Miller, Adams County probation officers, had hired Dalldorf to shoot their wedding Sept. 1. Last week, like most of Dalldorf's customers, they fired him even though he'd been cleared.

"There were just a lot of different opinions about how comfortable we'd be having him at our wedding," says Miller.

Worst of all, the ordeal has changed Dalldorf's personality. He says the meaning of life is kids. Yet he avoids them.

"I was in the store today and there was a child crying and screaming because he couldn't find his mommy," Dalldorf says. "I just walked on by. Before this, I'd have scooped him up, cheered him up, held him in the air and said 'we have a lost boy here.' In Boy Scouts we say 'do a good turn daily.' And today I walked by a boy in need."

The child found his mommy, but the real Willis Dalldorf may be lost for good.

from: boulderweekly

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