Salem woman still haunted by abusive former stepfather

Salem woman still haunted by abusive former stepfather

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Posted on April 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 7:16 PM

SALEM -- Alexandria Harding is now 22 years old, but she still has nightmares of the three years she was molested while she was in middle school.

Her former stepfather, Noah Harouff (pictured), was charged with sex abuse but pleaded to a lesser charge in court. He was released from prison in 2009 and is a registered  sex offender but is not considered predatory.

Harouff is a former teacher, and his license has been revoked, but Harding worries that there's no legal restriction keeping him away from kids.

He also just filed to be allowed supervised visits with Harding's three younger siblings who are ages 9, 10, and 11 years old.

Harding said she and her mom are scared for their safety.

“It just seems like a given that if you molest one of your children, there shouldn't be an opportunity for that to happen again,” Harding said.

“It wouldn't be any kind of sexual contact. They're my biological children. That's much different. There's no sexual attraction to my biological children,” Harouff said in an interview with KGW.

Harding said her former stepfather has stalked her at work and followed her, so she filed for a restraining order.

Harouff admits seeing Harding but didn't know where she worked and immediately left. He said it was an accident that their paths crossed. He also said he's never been back to her work since.

The restraining order was denied because Harouff never technically threatened her, so Harding is suing for a civil restraining order and for pain and suffering.

Harding hopes the lawsuit will also discourage a judge from letting Harouff have visits with his other kids.

KGW reporter Katherine Cook contributed to this report.

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