Dads Say Sex Crime Suspect Threatened Their Families

Thursday, July 21st 2011, 11:25 pm
By: News 9

Adrianna Iwasinski, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY – Two fathers said their children are being threatened and harassed by a man accused of exposing himself to them during his granddaughter's sleepover.

Despite countless calls, they said, the district attorney's office is doing nothing about it.

Chris Sanford is beyond outraged.

"He threatened to kill my children and come into my house and do it," he said of Jerry Glenn Elders.

Elders, who lives across the street from Sanford, was arrested in December and accused of performing lewd acts in front of children. He was never charged, however.

Sanford said he and his wife have made countless phone calls to both the police and the DA's office about Jerry Glenn Elders, but nothing has happened.

"Get off your butts and get something done," Sanford said. "This threat lives across the street from me."

Sanford said Elders is not only harassing him, but also his daughter. And they are not the only ones.

"He's made threats to my friend and threats toward me, threats toward our lives," said Brett Holt.

Holt said Elders showed up at his house and harassed and intimidated his daughter and other children. He, too, is frustrated that nothing has been done.

Both Sanford and Holt have filed for victims protective orders against Elders on behalf of their daughters, but those were denied.

"They told us there is nothing we can do," Holt said.

"I have no problems with the cops, they've been wonderful. My problem is with the process," Sanford said.

The DA's office has declined to file any charges against Elders saying that did do forensic interviews with all the girls and Elders, but that there was not enough corroborating evidence to file sex charges against him.

Court records show Elders was charged in 1992 with multiple counts of lewd acts with a child, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charged.