The Moelter Family

Key Events Summary

This case timeline provides highlights of key events that take place over the course of 12 years of Damon’s 16 years of his life.
Details of these events can be found in the Case Facts and Chronology section.

August 1990 Mr. Moelter and Ms. Dumas marry in Maui, Hawaii.

1992, 1994, 1996 Damon and his brothers are born. Damon is the youngest

Damon at 4

August 2000 Ms. Dumas leaves Maui for Reno Nevada with the boys to attend school to study psychology at the University of Nevada; Mr. Moelter stays behind to work as a surveyor and to manage and prepare their Maui multi-tenant property for sale.

December 2000 Ms. Dumas moves with the boys to Salinas, California to attend college at San Jose State (the University of Nevada psychology program was impacted).

May 2001 Mr. Moelter files for divorce. Upon receiving the divorce papers Ms. Dumas leaves two threatening voice mails for Mr. Moelter (voice mail 1 and voice mail 2).

Damon at 5

August 2001 Ms. Dumas, without communicating to Mr. Moelter, moves with the boys to San Diego, California to attend Alliant University to study psychology (the San Jose State psychology program was impacted). Mr. Moelter was unable to locate Ms. Dumas and his sons for over a week. Ms. Dumas family denied any knowledge of Ms. Dumas’ and his sons’ whereabouts during this period

March 2002 After a year and a half of being separated from his sons, Mr. Moelter moves from Hawaii to California having finally sold their Maui real estate holdings. Previously he had been making trips to California to visit with his sons.

Damon at 6

August 2002 Ms. Dumas and Mr. Moelter divorce is finalized.

October 2002
Per the divorce decree visitation schedule the boys stayed with Mr. Moelter every other weekend and Wednesday afternoons from 3-6pm.

Ms. Dumas emails Mr. Moelter about the boys’ first overnight visit with him including Damon’s bed wetting issues – that he should bring Damon to the bathroom at night, and that Damon sometimes gets up in the night to sleep with her and so may do so with him [Mr. Moelter].

February 2003 Ms. Dumas tapes two interviews she conducted with her sons regarding visits with their father and contacts child protective services (CPS) to report her molestation allegations.

March 2003

April 2003 Judge transfers case to Family Court to evaluate custody arrangements.

May 2003 Ms. Dumas alleges that Mr. Moelter has inappropriate contact with Damon in the presence of the supervisor. The supervisor rejects this allegation.

Damon at 7

August 2003

October 2003

Damon at 8

October 2004

November 2004

Damon at 11

February 2008

March 2008

May 2008 Judge appoints licensed psychologist to conduct a 730 Family Psychological Evaluation including the allegations of molest. Ms. Dumas refuses to participate in evaluation.

July 2008 Psychologist concludes, even five years later, in his report to the Court that Ms. Dumas is responsible for abuse to the children not Mr. Moelter.

August 2008 Detective B, five years later, removes Mr. Moelter from the California Child Abuse Central Index because a polygraph test given by Jack Tramarco clearly demonstrates Mr. Moelter has never molested Damon and that the 2003 polygraph had been done incorrectly (see Q&A 7). Mr. Moelter was only one of two individuals among tens of thousands accused of abuse on the index to be removed from this index before the ten year expiration (if no charges are filed).

Damon at 12

November 2008 Damon’s brothers begin reunification therapy with Mr. Moelter, two one-hour sessions per week. Damon and his brothers continue to have supervised visits with Ms. Dumas.

December 2008 Mr. Moelter’s wife joins reunification therapy. Damon and his brothers continue to have supervised visits with Ms. Dumas.

January 2009 Damon joins his brothers in reunification therapy with Mr. Moelter and his wife

April 2009 Ms. Dumas joins reunification therapy with the boys and Mr. Moelter.

May 2009 Ms. Dumas ceases to participate in reunification therapy. For several months after that Ms. Dumas refuses to participate in supervised visits with the boys stating that she shouldn’t have to do supervised visits because she hadn’t done anything wrong.

Damon at 13

October 2009 Mr. Moelter gains sole physical and legal custody of Damon’s brothers. Damon continues to live with the guardians but visits with Mr. Moelter on weekends and his brothers. Damon and his brothers continue to have supervised visits with Ms. Dumas.

June 2010 The day before Father’s Day Ms. Dumas posts flyers around Mr. Moelter’s neighborhood implying that there is a child molester at Mr. Moelter’s address and that their children may be in danger.

July 2010 In Montenegro [final] ruling Judge awards Mr. Moelter sole and legal physical custody of Damon and limited unsupervised visits with Ms. Dumas.

Damon at 14

May 2011 A few days before Mother’s Day Ms. Dumas had mailed flyers to Mr. Moelter’s parents’ neighborhood warning that their son is a child molester and visits regularly. Mr. Moelter, his wife and sons, including Damon, had plans to visit his mother for Mother’s Day.

June 2011 Ms. Dumas mails flyers to Mr. Moelter’s wife’s parents and brother alleging that Mr. Moelter is a child molester and warning that he may endanger other children.

July 2010 – July 2011
Damon is developing the normal life of a teenager:

July 2011 Damon runs away

Damon at 15

August 2011

September 2011


December 2011 Damon files for emancipation in Alameda County juvenile court. Hearing is set for January 2012.

January 2012

May 2012 Ms. Dumas distributes flyers on cars in the boys’ high school staff and student parking lots regarding Damon’s case, urging people to sign a petition to Judge C (new judge who replaced Judge A whose tenure had ended in Family Court).

June 2012

Damon at 16

August 2012

September 2012