TERI HATCHER MOLESTER DEAD

Published on: August 22, 2008
TERI HATCHER MOLESTER DEAD

The convicted child molester Teri Hatcher called "Uncle" is dead.

Richard Hayes Stone, the Desperate Housewives' star former uncle, had been serving a 14 year sentence when he died of colon cancer.

In 2002, when a Sunnydale teen shot herself in the head after being molested , Hatcher contacted authorities.   She told police that Stone had molested her as a child as well.

When Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Chuck Gillingham flew to LA to record Hatcher's statement, she almost canceled.

"But she had been with her daughter that morning and was thinking if, God forbid, something happened to her daughter that someone would come forward and do the right thing," Gillingham told the San Jose Mercury Times.

Hatcher said that at the time she feared stepping forward because it would appear she was another has-been, publicity seeking thesp.

"There was no way I was not going to put this girl first, before whatever damage might be done to me," Hatcher told Vanity Fair.

After prosecution presented Hatcher's testimony, Stone pleaded guilty saving the distraught actress the need for a trial.