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Tutor charged with lewd conduct faced an earlier complaint

Original post made on Sep 4, 2020

A Palo Alto man recently accused of multiple lewd and lascivious acts toward girls he tutored was the subject of a complaint to Palo Alto police three years ago from another former pupil, according to a police investigative report.

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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2020 at 9:05 am

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If he's been tutoring since 1970, I wouldn't be surprised if there are a lot more victims out there. It's too bad he was investigated in the past, and nothing happened because there were "no more victims." Isn't one enough?

I've read the average pedophile molests over 80 times before he's ever arrested. The denial (previous students who claim he was so nice - he didn't molest me, he didn't touch anyone inappropriately, etc.) doesn't help the situation. Putting your hand under her skirt IS inappropriate.

Thank goodness he retired. [Portion removed.]


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Posted by lurp23
a resident of Los Altos
on Sep 4, 2020 at 10:17 am

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My daughter was referred to Hodes while in in high school in about 2002. She had only a couple of tutoring sessions with him because she told us that Hodes felt creepy. We listened to her. I only wish that parents would raise their children to speak out when things don't seem right and that they would listen to them and act accordingly.


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Posted by palo alto teen
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 4, 2020 at 11:46 am

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@lurp23 - you say "I only wish that parents would raise their children to speak out when things don't seem right and that they would listen to them and act accordingly."

What about raising our sons (and daughters) not to molest children?? I'm sure that you have the best of intentions but it's comments like these that perpetuate victim-shaming. The parents and teens, regardless of whether or not they spoke out, are not at fault -- the only person at fault is Hodes himself.


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Posted by Elain
a resident of Walter Hays School
on Sep 4, 2020 at 11:50 am

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Just because the police "couldn't find any other victims" doesn't mean they should have dismissed the case! Why isn't one victim sufficient? Didn't they believe her? Typical that the victim is not believed in sexual assault cases. Shame on the PA police department and their lame excuses. White men protecting other White men in our society.

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Moderator's Note: As the story explains, police concluded the statue of limitations in the earlier case had expired, so without additional, more recent victims it was not possible to file charges. They could have, of course, interviewed Hodes in hopes that the fact a complaint had been made would have discouraged a continuation of the behavior.


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Posted by Lee Forrest
a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2020 at 12:07 pm

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QUOTE: "If he's been tutoring since 1970, I wouldn't be surprised if there are a lot more victims out there. It's too bad he was investigated in the past, and nothing happened..."

^ Concurring with your assessment.

QUOTE: "My daughter was referred to Hodes while in in high school in about 2002. She had only a couple of tutoring sessions with him because she told us that Hodes felt creepy..."

^ Fortunately her tutoring 'sessions' came to an abrupt end.

QUOTE: "...the only person at fault is Hodes himself."

^ And he's got a heap of explaining to do...in court.

QUOTE: "Shame on the PA police department and their lame excuses. White men protecting other White men in our society."

^ If there were prior accounts/reportages, the PAPD has some explaining to do as well.


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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2020 at 12:33 pm

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[Portion removed.] Since when do you need more than "one victim" to file charges? If that was the case, most criminal cases wouldn't proceed. One victim is the norm in a lot of cases. I agree that they should've interviewed Hodes, but I don't believe it would've stopped his behavior.


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Posted by Marianne
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 5, 2020 at 8:06 am

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Wow, lurp23. Congratulations to you. It must be great to be such an amazing parent. That is one incredibly insensitive post. I hope the women (and their parents) who are standing up now don't see this. Please just delete your comment. It is awful.


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