Stepfather of accused molestor also charged


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.

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