Man Found With Boy In Woods: I’m Not A Molester — (CBS 11 News)

SSRI Ed note: Ma, drunk and taking antidepressants, takes boy, 4, into woods, has no memory of events.

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CBS 11 News Dallas

Oct 22, 2007

(CBS 11 News) DALLAS The man accused of sexually assaulting a four-year-old boy in a wooded area gave his own account of what happened that night.

Raymond Harrison, 49, spoke only to CBS 11’s Carol Cavazos from the Dallas County jail Monday afternoon.

On October 18, Harrison was arrested for aggravated sexual assault of a 4-year-old child. A number of people said they saw Harrison take the boy into a wooded area near Military Parkway and Dolphin Road in Dallas early that morning.

The boy is the grandchild of a woman Harrison has dated off-and-on for over 10 years.

In a jail house interview Monday, Harrison said he is an alcoholic and takes anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs. He said on occasion, he takes too much, drinks too much and blacks out.

The night he was with the four-year-old, he said, was one of those occasions; he remembers nothing from that day.

“I can’t say what happened because it was just like a total blank,” said Harrison. “From the time I got onto the bus until I – I don’t remember them booking me into jail.

The woman who called 911 said she saw Harrison stumbling around drunk with the boy. When police found Harrison, he was passed out.

“I can’t say I always got the best judgment in the world, but I am not no molester,” said Harrison.

Police say there are multiple homeless camps in the area where the boy and Harrison were found.

“I don’t know why I stopped [at the homeless camp],” said Harrison. “I don’t remember getting out there.”

The woman who made the emergency call said she wondered if somebody else at the homeless camp assaulted the boy.

On Friday afternoon, CBS 11 News spoke to Amanda Richardson, the boy’s mother. She said she believed all four of her children, ages 2 to 8, were molested by Harrison. She said the kids call him “Uncle.”

Harrison’s daughter believes he would never sexually assault a child.

In the meantime, Child Protective Services has removed the four children from their home.