Man accused of abusing Tulsa child for years


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Updated: 6/21/2012 8:42 am Published: 6/20/2012 2:45 pm


Tulsa Police arrested a north Tulsa couple earlier this week for their role in the sexual abuse of a child from 2006 to this May.

Police say James “Woody” Woodcock sexually abused an underage girl on a number of occasions. TPD also believes Woodcock's wife, Jenni Woodcock, who is the victim's biological grandmother, wouldn't help with a DHS investigation 
three years ago, the investigation looked into claims Woodcock was sexually abusing the child.

A corporal with TPD’s Child Crisis Unit says had the grandmother followed the law, the victim would have probably avoided years of physical and emotional pain.

 
“The victim actually told a friend of hers a couple of years ago, that friend told DHS and they attempted to investigate the situation,” TPD Corporal Greg Smith told FOX23 Wednesday.
 
Smith says Jenni Woodcock didn't believe the girl, who was nine years old at the time, about the abuse.
 
“After some missed appointments, the grandmother stopped answering her calls and quit cooperating with the investigation.”
 
Police say back in 2009, they didn't have enough evidence to arrest Woody Woodcock.
 
“At that point there was insufficient information to prove that the child needed to be removed and insufficient for a law enforcement investigation,” Corporal Smith said.
 
Child abuse experts say it's not surprising the victim didn't speak out about the abuse for another three years.
 
“When they go unbelieved it really often times makes them feel abandoned trapped in some of the abuse that's happened, and there's really no one that they can talk with about it,” Christine Marsh with Family & Children’s Services Tulsa, said.
 
Last month, the victim, who is now twelve years old, told her mother about the abuse, and she contacted authorities. Woody Woodcock now faces five counts of child sexual abuse. Jenni is also charged with a felony, permitting child sexual abuse.
 
The victim is now in the custody of her mother. Police tell FOX23 Woody Woodcock has denied all of the allegations the victim has made against him.


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Hortonfive0 - 12/18/2012 8:26 PM
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My daughter used to be good friends with your daughter at school. I never knew or suspected your in-laws were like that. Thought her husband was the bio grandfather because he looked so old with that beard he used to wear. I was so shocked when I saw them on T.V. and Britnee said her and Elizabeth were her best friends around that time. I met you at your daughters purple glaze B-Day party about 3 years ago. We will pray for you,and let us know how you are doing. Everyone out there that wants to be so judgemental, shame on you! I pray this situation never happens to anyone you love. You all are just as sick making comments about a custody case you know nothing about! DHS is not going to report unfounded abuse, if they could not find evidence they cannot release the information publicly, and that includes parents whom custody has been taken away.

watchdog11 - 6/22/2012 11:23 PM
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Yes, we don't have the right to judge anyone, I just pray these two are put away where they can't ever be around any more children. I will also be praying for the kids too, it is going to be a hard life for them, life is hard enough now without having to deal with this kind of crap. God bless them and help them heal.

girl4GOD - 6/21/2012 11:25 PM
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indigox22000 , I just want to let you know, a dear friend of mine is pretty close to your boys and my child goes to school with them as well. Our church family have been praying for you all. I believe she has invited you all to our Wednesday night dinner and Bible study, I just want to let you know we would love to have you all. Much love and prayers !

Doglady - 6/21/2012 9:44 PM
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These people will pay for what they did and the punishment can't be too severe. Whether the parents knew or not, they should have been providing a safe and loving home for these children. It is too little too late now these poor kids are messed up for life. Everyone that was supposed to love, support, protect and care for them has failed them and ALL should be held accountable. I pray from this day forward that their lives can find some sense of normalcy. Imagine the childhood memories these babies will have when they grow up. It is just so sad.

1deldredge - 6/21/2012 1:36 AM
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WHY ARE THEY STILL LIVING. ANY ONE WHO DOES THIS TO A CHILD ARE TO ANYONE. SHOULD NOT BE LIVING. IT IS TIME FOR THIS TO STOP.

brandydawn - 6/21/2012 12:15 AM
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I apologize for the harshness of my comments. I just didn't understand how DHS would investigate the possible sexual abuse of a very young child without contacting her parents. you are right, it's not my place to judge you and I could never imagine being in your place. I'm so sorry for what happened to your child.I hope those people never see the light of day. I had no right to demand answers from you. I'm sure you're demanding those answers of yourself. I hope that whatever your issues were that created the situation of you not having custody of your kids have been sorted out.

indigox22000 - 6/20/2012 10:44 PM
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the children were in their custody. we had no idea what was going on bc my baby girl was told we would be killed if she said anything. you are not in this situation. NOBODY TOLD US! we did not know until 3 weeks ago. when she told us, I immediately got her and her brothers out of the home. they have had a way of playing the system all these years and still are. come be in our shoes. as soon as we knew, we got them out so who are you to judge. this is about my daughter who is now safe bc they are no longer in her grandparent's custody.......

brandydawn - 6/20/2012 10:17 PM
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Indigox22000 WHY was your little girl with them??? Let me get this straight, you knew they were abusers and drug addicts so why was she ever allowed near them? Also, if these at your wife's parents then I'm sure she knew how they were, they didn't just wake up one day and become monsters. Your little girl needs justice, but she needed protection in the first place Sickening. She needs therapy and a decent family. If DHS investigated this a long time ago then you knew about it.

indigox22000 - 6/20/2012 7:48 PM
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well, this is my mother in law and father in law. that is my baby girl they did this to. She is on meds trying to deal with what her grandfather put her through. can u imagine the other sick stuff he did? I have to hear it every night from my baby girl's lips. we are now homeless bc I had to leave work one night and go get her, my boys, and my wife. the state of OK isn't much help either. DHS knew about this when it first happened. Jenny was cited then for abuse and nothing happened. Somehow they bonded out. some justice.......james did this crap to others too. oh, jenny was born with a cleft pallet and had surgery. that's why she looks like that but she's on drugs too...LETS GET JUSTICE FOR MY BABY GIRL!!!

aleman - 6/20/2012 7:47 PM
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Damn watchdog I thought this was the guy!Man!Fell out the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down ,had to tie a pork chop around her neck to get the dog to play with her.
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