Teri Hatcher Helps Convict Child Molester; Relives Painful Past
March 8, 2006

"Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher has been hiding a dark secret for nearly 35 years. Between the ages of 5 and 8, she was sexually abused by her uncle. She recently revealed her harrowing story for the first time to Vanity Fair's Leslie Bennetts.

Teri was forced to confront her abuse in 2002 when her mother showed her a series of newspaper headlines reporting that her uncle, Richard Hayes Stone, had been arrested for child molestation. The articles revealed one of his victims, a 14-year-old girl, had killed herself as a result of the abuse. Her suicide note merely said, "Ask Dick."

Teri was blown away by the girl's anguish, and said that although she never attempted suicide, she had considered it many times.

After reading the horrifying articles, she worried about his possible other victims, and she came forward when she learned Stone was going to be released due to lack of evidence.

"I knew that he would pull over in some deserted parking lot and do things to me," Teri confessed. "I remember him making me touch him and feeling like I don't want do this at all. I was completely horrified."

Like her abusive past, Teri had kept her testimony a secret, afraid that people would think she was confessing to get attention and to rejuvenate a failing career. However, her brave testimony turned out to be crucial, if not decisive, in convicting Stone. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Thursday on "Extra" Teri comes to grips with her past and how she hopes that facing her hidden problems will lead to a brighter future.


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