Weatherford Democrat

March 26, 2014

Man indicted for sexual assault of child


Weatherford Democrat

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A Parker County grand jury Thursday indicted a Weatherford business owner accused of sexually assaulting middle-school age girls.

According to the indictments alleging sexual assault of a child on two occasions, 72-year-old Walter Leon Cundiff is accused of engaging in oral sex with a girl under 14 years old on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. 

A Fort Worth police detective assigned to the North Texas Trafficking Task Force opened an investigation after making a human trafficking presentation at a Fort Worth ISD middle school in April and being approached later by a school counselor. 

The counselor reported he or she believed a student at the school was possibly being “pimped” and having sex with an older man, later identified as Cundiff, according to the Fort Worth detective who investigated along with a Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent.

The counselor reported picking the girl up from various locations, including from Cundiff’s home, and reported finding 60 condoms in the child’s backpack on one occasion, according to the detective. 

However, the girl initially denied the sexual allegations when speaking with investigators in April. 

In December a second girl, a friend of the first girl, identified Cundiff in a photo line-up and identified a motel where she said Cundiff took her and the first girl and engaged in sex with the first girl, according to the investigator’s statement. 

During a Dec. 27 interview with a forensic interviewer, the first girl stated that Cundiff had oral sex with her multiple times, according to the probable cause affidavit. 

The second girl was also interviewed afterward and made an outcry, stating that Cundiff had oral sex with her on two occasions - once in October and once in November, according to police. 

On Dec. 31, Cundiff was arrested on three warrants for sexual assault of a child and was released Jan. 1 on $75,000 bond, according to Parker County jail records. 

The Parker County indictments charge Cundiff in connection with just one of the girls. 

 

Prior allegations

It is not the first time police have questioned or investigated Cundiff. 

During the investigation, the Fort Worth detective also found records indicating Cundiff was interviewed by police in 2005 after returning with runaway juvenile girls. 

Weatherford police have investigated at least two other similar allegations of sexual assault of teenage girls at Cundiff’s Weatherford home in recent years, as well. 

Weatherford police investigated a report in March 2009 from a woman who alleged Cundiff was bringing underage girls to his residence and having sex with them.

The woman, an immigrant who claimed Cundiff abused her and said she was afraid she would be deported from the U.S., alleged Cundiff brought between one and three teenage girls, including a 16-year-old, to his house several times a week to have sex with them, according to the search warrant affidavit.

The woman reportedly said Cundiff would bring the girls to his house almost daily, picking up the girls after school and supplying them with alcohol and cigarettes before taking them home.

She said she witnessed Cundiff pay the girls money and attempt to get a 12-year-old girl to come along after giving her money, according to Weatherford police.

However, Cundiff was not charged in connection with those allegations. 

On May 27, a 17-year-old girl reported to Weatherford police that she had been raped at Cundiff’s house earlier that weekend. Weatherford police said they were told that Cundiff called an employee around 10 p.m. May 25 and asked if the employee and the 17-year-old wanted to come over and have a few drinks.

After several alcoholic drinks, the teen reported that she remembered being dragged into a room and stripped by Cundiff. Cundiff proceeded to rape her despite her struggling and telling him to stop, the 17-year-old reportedly told officers.

The girl said she awoke later in the morning to Cundiff sexually assaulting her again, according to the search warrant affidavit. The teen said Cundiff again ignored her when she told him to stop. Weatherford police searched the man’s house following the woman’s complaint but were unable to obtain evidence supporting the allegation and have not charged Cundiff with sexual assault in that case.  

Cundiff was arrested in October on two misdemeanor charges stemming from the May 25 incident – purchasing or furnishing alcohol to a minor  – and released on $2,000 bond on Oct. 29. 

Days after being released on bond, county records indicate, the offenses alleged in the recent indictments reportedly occurred. 

 

Others indicted Thursday include:

• Micaela Sue Bradley, criminal mischief, more than $1,500, less than $20,000. 

• Mary James Buck, possession of a controlled substance, more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams. 

• Robert Earl Carter, possession of a controlled substance, more than a gram, less than 4 grams. 

• Billy George Dering III, possession of a controlled substance, more than a gram, less than 4 grams. 

• Billy George Dering III, burglary of a building. 

• Sarah Elizabeth Ford, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram. 

• Susan Ray Griffin, possession of a controlled substance, more than a gram, less than 4 grams. 

• Santiago Hernandez-Cura, driving while intoxicated, third or more offense. 

• Christopher Jacob Hettick, unauthorized use of a vehicle. 

• Christopher Jacob Hettick, theft, more than $500, less than $1,500, with two or more prior theft convictions and burglary of a building. 

• Christopher Jacob Hettick, forgery. 

• George Michael Holden, possession of a controlled substance, more than a gram, less than 4 grams. 

• Ricky Wayne Howell, evading arrest with a vehicle. 

• Renee Anita Inglis, driving while intoxicated, third or more offense. 

• Spencer Ryan Motley, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram. 

• Mary Cherie Ortega, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram. 

• Noel Noe Ortega, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram. 

• Eric Kelvin Palmros III, bail jumping. 

• Kenneth Todd Rittenbury Jr., possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram. 

• Ty Jaramillo Torres, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, less than a gram. 

• Richard Lee Tucker, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, less than a gram. 

• Carri Grace Vickers, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams. 

• Christopher Blak Vondiezelski, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams.

• James Roy Woodie, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram. 

• James Roy Woodie, possession of a controlled substance, burglary of a building.