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Deaf mother ‘betrayed’ by caregiver

February 2, 2007

Randall Danes uses sign language at his arraignment, Feb. 1, 2007, at the Anchorage Jail on sexual abuse charges.

Photos by BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News

SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGE: Randall Danes provided care for many children. Randall Danes, a baby sitter and a leader in Anchorage’s deaf community, was charged Thursday with sexually abusing a boy in his care.

Danes, 39, appeared before a judge at Anchorage Jail Court, where a sign-language interpreter told him he was charged with sexual abuse of a minor in the first and second degrees, and one count of attempted sexual abuse. His bail was set at $100,000 cash.

Danes, who receives disability payments, also earned an income providing child care at his home for members of the deaf community, police said. He’s listed in public records as the president of Williwaw Recreational Club for the Deaf. He has also held other leadership positions in the deaf community.

He had provided care for as many as 15 children, including a 10-year-old boy police say he molested over a period of several years. He was not a licensed child care provider.

The boy, who was developmentally delayed, had been under Danes’ care since he was 6 or 7. He reported the abuse to his parents in early January, according to a complaint filed by police. The boy is not deaf, but his mother and stepfather are. He communicates both by speaking and with sign language.

The boy told police that Danes asked him to perform oral sex in the summer of 2006 and again at the end of December, the court documents say. The boy also told police that Danes talked to him about sex.

At the end of January, the boy’s mother called Danes and confronted him about the abuse on a TDD machine, used by the hearing impaired to communicate over the telephone. Police monitored a transcript of the conversation.

Danes told the mother he talked to the boy about sex and became aroused while the boy was sitting on his lap, the documents say. He then admitted that he had sexual contact with the boy in the bathroom when Danes was getting out of the shower.

Danes told the boy’s mother that it only happened one time and that no other children had been involved, according to the documents.

Detective Gerard Asselin, with the Anchorage Police Department’s unit investigating crimes against children, said there is concern that other children may have been victimized. He asked that concerned parents talk to police.

Danes was accused of indecent exposure in 1989 for flashing two boys in Spenard. He was not convicted.

The deaf community in Anchorage is small, and the victim’s mother became acquainted with Danes because she was looking for child care, police said.

In an interview conducted through an interpreter Thursday afternoon, she said she had considered him a good friend.

She first became concerned that something was wrong when her son used the term “having sex,” she said.

“We said, ‘where did you learn that?’ ” she said. “He didn’t get that from us.”

After that, the boy described what his baby sitter had done, his mother said.

The mother’s fiance said that he sometimes felt uncomfortable when he dropped the child off at Danes’ home. Occasionally, he would find Danes in a bathrobe and the boys in his care without shirts on, he said.

“I feel totally betrayed; I trusted him,” the boy’s mother said, signing emphatically. “I’m sure there’s others. (We need to) stop him, stop him from doing this over and over again.”

Daily News reporter Julia O’Malley (Anchorage Daily News)

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  1. Michele
    February 2, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    This is so bad! I hope this young boy will get some counseling and not to be so tramuatized. Too many peophiles are getting out of control these days for some reason – we definitely need to find a cure to stop them from molesting young children.

  2. February 2, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    WTF… why he have to do this to a young boy? He spoilt the child’s life by his action…

    Can not understand…

    DSvT

  3. DT
    February 3, 2007 at 1:43 am

    Feed him to the Alaskan grizzlies! At dawn tomorrow!

  4. Michael
    February 11, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    I dont understand why he did to boy. What a terrible thing he did thing to boy. … I pray for boy and his mother.

  5. kathy
    July 29, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    I KNOW HIM ALL MY LIFE , I THOUGHT HE WAS GOOD MAN BUT I DONT KNOW WHY HE DID TO THIS LITTLE BOY , I HOPE THIS LITTLE BOY GET HELP ALSO RANDY NEED GET HELP ALSO TO NEED STOP DO THIS OTHER CHILDRENS . SOMEONE NEED TO FORGIVE RANDY WHAT RANDY DONE TO THEM THAT GOD CAN FOGIVE YOU .PRAY FOR RANDY ALSO THAT UNLESS RANDY ACCEPT JESUS CHRSIT IN HIS HEART THEN HIS LIFE CAN CHANGE NEW LIFE AND THE PAST IS NOT WORTH IT AND ALSO GOD WILL NOT REMEBER THE PAST . SO THE LITTLE BOY ‘S MOM NEED TO FORIVE THAT RANDY SO GOD CAN FORGIVE YOU . IT IS IMPORTANT SO YOU CAN GO HEAVEN . RANDY IS INNCOECT CUZ SATAN USE RANDY HURT CHILDRENS. SATAN DID THIS.

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