Breaking: Dorothy Lee Barnett to Plead Guility

Hearing Scheduled for Tuesday February 10, 2015

Will Lee Apologize to Harris Todd, the Australian People, her daughter?

Dorothy Lee Barnett

To Plead Guilty

It is being widely reported that accused parental kidnapper Dorothy Lee Barnett “Lee” is scheduled to plead guilty in a Charleston, South Carolina, USA Courthouse on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. The terms of the plea bargain are not yet known.

Editors Note: We sincerely hope that Lee Barnett issues a public apology to Harris Todd and his family. He rightfully deserves that! This Searching Parent has been through so much as a victim of a parental kidnapping. The sleepless nights, that feeling of not knowing where Savanna was, and most importantly the disparaging and unproven allegations against him. In the words of Dale Carnegie, “If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.” It took Lee many years to arrive at that decision, but the most important thing is that she did. This will not only save both families of the pain of a grueling trial, but is the first step toward allowing everyone to move forward in their lives.

There have been great strides in the ’80s and ’90s to improve our nation’s family court and child protective services systems. There are many hard working professionals that are helping to ensure children and parents rights are protected in these cases. Both Parental Kidnapping and United States Passport Forgery are very serious crimes and there should never be any legal excuses. We hope that the judge ensures that Dorothy Lee Barnett is being held accountable. There have been efforts by some proclaimed child protection advocates and attorneys to try make parental kidnapping a legal alternative. We hope the sentencing in this case will help to deter others from committing these crimes.

We will wait and see what happens on Tuesday.

The following comment was posted by Lorraine. We agree her.

Editor, not only would it be hoped that this woman issues a long overdue public apology to Harris Todd and his family, but also an apology to:

* the Australian people who were expected to accept as gospel whatever nonsense this woman or her supporters spewed forth, particularly about Harris Todd.

* the Australian taxpayers who were obliged to wear the financial burden of this woman’s numerous extradition challenges – a wanted woman on the run who falsely entered and falsely lived in Australia.

* to the gullible who generously donated money to this woman’s legal fees through GoFundMe “Funds for Justice: Dorothy L Barnett” – more fool them for allowing themselves to be separated from their money for a person who apparently is finally going to plead guilty.

Apologies to Harris Todd and his family surely must also be forthcoming from:

* Channel 7’s Today Tonight current affairs program for their trashy reporting of this matter. Thankfully, the program has now been axed in Queensland.

* The Federal Member for Fisher, Mal Brough. Who can forget his very public backing of this woman, a non-Australian citizen on false documents – “I don’t believe justice was served by anybody 20 years ago and I’m certainly not going to see it repeated”. Or, pardon his appalling and very public boast, “She has been terribly wronged and I can’t leave a friend sitting in jail without giving it a darned good go to get her out of jail”. Remember his blurt, “There’s one thing that’s crystal clear to me, that the judge, in hindsight, back in America, was 100 percent wrong” and “By all means I’ll fight for this family”. “I will make sure the attorney general is well aware of every aspect of this to the best of my ability”. Gee, Mal, egg on your face yet again. Mal’s public office history is such that I don’t think he ever gets to wipe egg off his face.

* The bud set – remember, “The story of Dorothy Lee Barnett (Alex Geldenhuys) is about to unfold.” Also remember, “For 20 years, her friends in the US have stored in wardrobes, cupboards, basements and attics, the evidence, affidavits, and transcripts relating to the trial. These documents, all on the public record and (should be) held by the father’s attorneys have become available to Alex to finally set the record straight.”

Now I read Dorothy Lee Barnett is about to set the record straight with a guilty plea.

References:
The Post and Courier

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18 Responses to Breaking: Dorothy Lee Barnett to Plead Guility

  1. Paul says:

    It’s good to hear that the criminal aspect of this case appears to be wrapping up soon. I have to say that this has to be the most disheartening parental kidnapping case I have ever come across. However, given that the now-adult daughter in this case has only contacted her searching parent by e-mail as of last September, and has previously indicated an unwillingness to draw close to him, I wonder how things are developing on that front. I can recall at least one or two past cases of adult-age children unwilling to reconnect with their searching parent even after their kidnapping parent had been sentenced by the court. I can’t help but wonder if this daughter will now join those ranks, and if that turns out to be true, it will continue to dishearten me…

    • VALERIE BOURQUE says:

      I think the approach of the searching parent to show up many years after the fact, knowing it can never be undone and one can only move forward, decisions of the searching parents should probably be a little different. To believe that the child would have some appreciation for the searching parent swooping in and forcing jail time, taking the parent who raised him/her away after a life time with that parent just isn’t an approach that can play out positively for the searching parent. That parent should consider the facts of today and make decisions that are more favorable for that child to want to move forward with a relationship. The damage for the searching parent is done. So waltzing in and dumping everything that child has always known upside down and causing so much trauma for that child cannot be expected to have a positive outcome for the searching parent. It just isn’t logical. Making peaceful attempts to blend into the existing life seems the more logical approach to me. Just makes no sense to do that and expecting warm and fuzzies in return from the child. Who could think that makes any sense?

      • underwatch says:

        Valerie, if your son, daughter or grandchild were the searching parent in this case I seriously doubt you feel the same way. And if someone accused you of not being logical or making a peaceful attempt to show compassion, I am not convinced you would feel that way either. When Dorothy Lee Barnett made the personal decision to bring these children into this World, she choose their fathers. When she decided to kidnap her children, she knew or should have know there would eventually be consequences. Parents should NEVER kidnap a child. After reading your rant and even giving you a break for having too many glasses of wine or other spirits when you wrote your posts, I am sincerely thankful to not have you as my mother or grandmother. I feel very sorry for your children or grandchildren, if you have any. You are as ignorant as Dorothy Lee Barnett and her supporters.

        Australia does not have a National Clearinghouse or Center for Missing Children like most other developed countries in the World. Australia also has a law that forbids parents from posting photos of their children in the media or on the Internet during custody cases. This is obviously problematic in Family Abduction Cases. That is more likely the reason Dorothy Lee Barnett was able to evade law enforcement than any cleverness on her part.

      • Lorraine says:

        Ponder this, Valerie – feet are made for dancing. Dorothy Lee Barnett was an FBI-wanted person. She repeatedly acted unlawfully. She got caught. She pleaded guilty. She was dealt with leniently. She created her own jail time. She is solely responsible for any consequences that might occur in the future as a result of her unlawful conduct.

        Valerie, I suggest you explain your view of Dorothy injustice to a Maori or a Samoan or a Cook Islander who may not have been totally truthful on entry paperwork to Australia. What I am talking about is that piece of paper that asks every person entering Australia to tick the box if they have previously been convicted of a criminal offence or are a wanted person.

        Dorothy and her now-deceased ex-husband set about acquiring New Zealand citizenship falsely. By this I mean, they forgot to mention that Alex Geldenhuys was some-one else who was wanted by the FBI. They also forgot to mention that Samantha Geldenhuys was Savannah Todd, an abducted US child. This false New Zealand citizenship allowed them entry into Australia to live and work. It is called a criminal offence, as is providing false information on Australian immigration paperwork.

        Now tell that to some-one who isn’t blue-eyed blond who is pulled aside for further questioning at passport control, for a recheck to see if they are being truthful on their Australian entry paperwork. What happens to them if they are untruthful? They don’t get entry into Australia.

        Had the now-deceased ex-husband of Dorothy Lee Barnett still be alive and still living in Australia, he also would have been apprehended (either in jail for harbouring and assisting a wanted person/citizenship fraud or in an immigration detention centre for falsely entering Australia) for deportation back to New Zealand (if they would accept him) or deportation back to South Africa.

        Dorothy Lee Barnett put herself in jail through her own illegal conduct, Valerie. She created a nightmare for her children through her illegal conduct. It is naïve of you to think that once Dorothy Lee Barnett’s whereabouts were discovered that Mr Todd would just turn a blind eye and just be warm and fuzzy about it. If he did that, he would have been unlawful in his conduct.

        Dorothy Lee Barnett, a US citizen, was on the FBI wanted list. She wasn’t Australian, and if she had identified on entry into Australia that she was a wanted person, neither she nor her family would have been granted entry into the country. Dorothy Lee Barnett was what one calls a bad guest. Dorothy Lee Barnett was rightfully extradited back to the US.

        Valerie, Dorothy Lee Barnett has left a trail of victims, with number 1 victim being her own daughter. She is no hero.

  2. Lorraine says:

    Editor, not only would it be hoped that this woman issues a long overdue public apology to Harris Todd and his family, but also an apology to:

    * the Australian people who were expected to accept as gospel whatever nonsense this woman or her supporters spewed forth, particularly about Harris Todd.

    * the Australian taxpayers who were obliged to wear the financial burden of this woman’s numerous extradition challenges – a wanted woman on the run who falsely entered and falsely lived in Australia.

    * to the gullible who generously donated money to this woman’s legal fees through GoFundMe “Funds for Justice: Dorothy L Barnett” – more fool them for allowing themselves to be separated from their money for a person who apparently is finally going to plead guilty.

    Apologies to Harris Todd and his family surely must also be forthcoming from:

    * Channel 7’s Today Tonight current affairs program for their trashy reporting of this matter. Thankfully, the program has now been axed in Queensland.

    * The Federal Member for Fisher, Mal Brough. Who can forget his very public backing of this woman, a non-Australian citizen on false documents – “I don’t believe justice was served by anybody 20 years ago and I’m certainly not going to see it repeated”. Or, pardon his appalling and very public boast, “She has been terribly wronged and I can’t leave a friend sitting in jail without giving it a darned good go to get her out of jail”. Remember his blurt, “There’s one thing that’s crystal clear to me, that the judge, in hindsight, back in America, was 100 percent wrong” and “By all means I’ll fight for this family”. “I will make sure the attorney general is well aware of every aspect of this to the best of my ability”. Gee, Mal, egg on your face yet again. Mal’s public office history is such that I don’t think he ever gets to wipe egg off his face.

    * The bud set – remember, “The story of Dorothy Lee Barnett (Alex Geldenhuys) is about to unfold.” Also remember, “For 20 years, her friends in the US have stored in wardrobes, cupboards, basements and attics, the evidence, affidavits, and transcripts relating to the trial. These documents, all on the public record and (should be) held by the father’s attorneys have become available to Alex to finally set the record straight.”

    Now I read Dorothy Lee Barnett is about to set the record straight with a guilty plea.

    • underwatch says:

      Lorraine, we agree with you! We hope that Dorothy Lee Barnett provides a sincere apology to the many people that she has misled. To set the record straight prevent a prison sentence of 30 years, she needs to acknowledge that Savanna Todd was in fact a victim. If she does not provide a sincere apology, I hope the judge does not accept her plea.

  3. I would hope that for the sake of her relationship with Savanna that she’s finally ready to accept responsibility for the emotional harm that she’s done to her.
    I know that her daughter forgives her and that she doesn’t feel that she’s a crime victim but in reality she is a crime victim.
    I would also hope that Savanna and Reece will both seek counseling for what was done to them by their mother.

    • VALERIE BOURQUE says:

      What does Reece have to do with it? You mean the harm the Jerk man caused to both kids by getting retaliation against his ex wife rather than truly being concerned with his daughter’s well being? And I’m sure she has her relationship with her daughter under control. You don’t need to worry about something that personal as if you have first hand knowledge of their personal struggles or absence thereof. This kind of speculatory and inflammatory statement is exactly the brain washing game that psycho man was playing in the beginning. You contradict yourself by saying Sam should be so harmed by what her mother has done to her yet Sam doesn’t feel like a victim. Well, it is a good thing she doesn’t feel like a victim!!!!! RIGHT?! None of you make any sense. You can’t stand it that the child isn’t hurt by her mother’s actions and she needs to feel like a victim. I’m sorry but forcing her to feel like a victim causes more harm to her than allowing her to be happy and feel ok about everything!! This is all about the man feeling like the victim and wanting the child to bear the same hurt! WHY? WHY WHY WHY??? Why do you all want her to feel like a victim? Leave her alone and let her have her life and be happy!!! Let her continue her wonderful life she has had with a mental illness free mother who never displayed an ounce of anger or abuse!! I wonder what REALLY sparked that in her all those years ago? The same man who sparked it in every person in his life since then? If she chooses to not be a victim and not be hurt and to continue a happy close relationship not being mad at her mother, why do you have a problem with that? Because the principle bothers YOU? People are raised by adoptive parents all the time without being traumatized victims who should be forced to be angry about it. Get over yourself. Get the victim and anger right. It is the Jerk controlling abusive man’s anger and HE is the ultimate victim after messing with the wrong woman. Don’t force the child to near his pain!!!! Isn’t that what you all are bothered by?? Making the child feel pain? Well, obviously not because you can’t deal with it when she doesn’t feel those things and remains happy.

      • Except Reece isn’t Dorothy’s son. He’s her stepson. He’s Juan Geldenhuys’s son.
        And Dorothy has already plead guilty to child concealment and International Parental Kidnapping.
        Savanna has also stated to the Austrailian press that she wants her father in her life if he wants to be in her life.

      • Lorraine says:

        Gee, Valerie, did you write your posts after a gin and tonic way too many?

        Dorothy Lee Barnett’s daughter can say whatever. Dorothy Lee Barnett can say whatever and she also pleaded guilty. Her daughter is as much a victim of her illegal conduct as is her son. And, more fool you if you choose to believe differently.

  4. VALERIE BOURQUE says:

    The lying nasty man deserves exactly what he got for telling lies about and traumatizing a young vulnerable mother. His actions after learning where his daughter was are evidence itself that he has a problem making decisions in the interest of hurting the mother regardless of jeopardizing a relationship with his daughter and harming her in unimaginable ways. His desire was to punish the woman once and for all because his first attempt to punish her by telling lies and taking her child from her…NOT to get his daughter back! Any half intelligent person who was concerned about the child would’ve gone to Australia in a non threatening way making it clear he wants to hurt no one but wishes to establish a relationship with his daughter. To jump back in after the damage was done and the child is an adult using actions that will traumatize the child further by using lawful punishment against her mother who raised her her entire life and provided her a perfect life and was her best friend was pure retaliation with no care or regard for the child’s feelings or what it would do to her. I mean did the idiot really think Samantha was going to put him on a pedestal after taking the only life she knew away from her leaving her with NO parents?!?! NO. He knew it wasn’t going to happen that way and he didn’t care and it was all about nothing but his own satisfaction of punishing his ex wife! He could care less if his daughter ever calls him again and his actions show exactly that. It is a clear indication that his initial actions telling lies to the court to take Samantha from her mother was all about punishment, control and retaliation! He can’t stand it that he wasn’t able to control her and punish her for believing she had her own voice and could stand up to him. There is no questions the man is abusive and was abusive. His actions are textbook classic abuser actions. He was clearly so satisfied that he finally got to punish and control his ex wife…BUT GUESS WHAT YOU CONTROLLING ABUSIVE JERK? THERE IS A REASON YOU HAVE REMAINED ALL ALONE ALL THESE YEARS AND SHE WON!!!!!! Thank God Alex did what she did and Samantha has the amazing life she now has! Thank God Samantha wasn’t raised around a sexist, controlling, verbally and emotionally abusive man so that she learned that is what she should live with her entire life. GREAT JOB ALEX!! I feel your glory with you! I share that little twitch and bubble of success and heroism that you get. I got the same satisfaction when I watched your story. Anyone can see straight through That Man In A second. I know exactly what happened…HE was your crazy. HE was the one who made you that way…HE was so toxic that he destroys every human he comes in contact with. He is pure toxin and people like him are easily able to make someone feel and believe he or she is the crazy one or the unstable one. He is textbook classic. THANK YOU FOR RESCUING THAT BEAUTIFUL GIRL FROM A LIFE OF TOXINS THAT OOZE FROM GARBAGE LIKE THIS MAN! I guarantee and believe 100 that she would not be as happy and awesome had she been raised around all that unstable toxic abusive back and forth brain washing bull shit that EVERYONE was clearly falling for. THEY didn’t see what you saw to justify your belief Sam was better off without him…but I’ve lived it too and I KNOW. I Can smell someone like him from miles away. TOXIC. GO GIRL! YOU DID IT! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

  5. VALERIE BOURQUE says:

    I find it ridiculous how all of you attempt to claim Alex bad mouthed this man and had “followers” or “supporters” throughout the years of Samantha’s life. Do you even hear how incredibly unintelligent that sounds? She never uttered a word about any of it. That’s how she was able to succeed. That’s why Samantha had such a great life with TWO parents…because she walked away, never looked back and never spoke of it again for almost 2 decades. She didn’t have a desire to bad mouth the man or build an army for “her side” like he did to her using lies in order to gain custody. There is no bigger glory than for her to come back now and use 2 decades of proof that she isn’t mentally ill…who was the mentally ill one? Who is still alone and still unable to function with other humans during the entire 2 decades? She doesn’t need to say anything about him to have supporters. Who is dirty mouthing whom STILL in the media toady? Who is the one truly using those strategies still to this day? This situation speaks for itself and it is so very sad to me that people believe a toxic person such as that man is healthy for anyone, especially a child. He drove his wife crazy and into the ground in a short amount of time. Just imagine for a minute what damage he would’ve done to that poor child all those years!! Use your brains. She spoke nothing of him after the day she rescued her daughter. The man showed more satisfaction and emotion about her incarceration and preventing her from returning to her home in Australia with her daughter in turn HURTING HIS DAUGHTER than he did about seeing his daughter and never hearing from her again. That child wasn’t damaged not having him because she had a dad. However she is now greatly damaged that the mother she has had her entire life has been taken from her. For all of you to see harm by not being around a man she never knew or remembers, yet how ok it is to rip the mother she has had he retire life away is sickening. It is pure selfishness. Regardless of what you think about the initial fleeing, to intentionally then turn around and harm the child in the exact way you claim was already supposedly harmful if unimaginable. That was done and will never be undone. So hurting the innocent child all those years later in the name of revenge is ok? I mean WOW. What a bunch of hypocrites you all are. She doesn’t owe ANYONE an apology for protecting HER CHILD. Sam deserves to have her mother back in Australia with her but now that has been ripped away from her. And psycho Dad be lived that approach was Gonna win her over? Give me a break. He wanted nothing to do with her. 2 years?!?! He was so desperate to exert his control on this woman who beat him at his own game. DESPERATE! Oh the satisfaction that he got her back!!! Oh you could see it just oozing everywhere. That was more important to him than establishing a relationship with his daughter. He clearly doesn’t care care how badly he hurts his own daughter now as long as he can get that control of his ex wife! Just like he didn’t care in the beginning. Someone like him never changes. Shame on him for making her have to leave all of her family and cut everyone off in the first place in order to protect that little girl from his wrath.

    • What wrath? Oh you mean PROTECTING his child from a mother who didn’t know how to be a mother and was always putting her in harm’s way?
      A “mother” who instead of exhausting all of her legal options decided to illegally and without a change of custody order absconded the area with his daughter?
      A “Mother” who illegally entered South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia with false travel documents provided to her by a third party co-conspirator?
      A “Mother” who lied to her second husband about what happened between her and her first husband and married him so that she could keep up her “swanky” lifestyle?
      A “mother” who only now is accusing her daughter’s father of doing anything to her because she got caught living illegally in Australia?
      Yes that is indeed one hell of a woman for a daughter to model herself after.

    • Lorraine says:

      Gee, Valerie, you certainly have been on a rolling rant.

      “Sam certainly deserves to have her mother back in Australia with her ….” Your bud entered Australia falsely on falsely-acquired New Zealand citizenship. She eventually agreed to extradition from Australia but not before challenging and further challenging the extradition. During her many extradition challenges, she was held at Her Majesty’s Pleasure at great expense to the Australian people. Australia remembers. She didn’t even get to pack up her belongings. It was off to the Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre where she stayed until she was bundled in a prison van and either taken to immigration detention just prior to extradition or dropped off at the airport and handed over to the awaiting FBI agents who were escorting her back to the US.

      Her daughter may be able to live in Australia. It appears an arrangement may have been worked out with her to enable her to do so. But, I highly doubt if Dorothy Lee Barnett will ever call Australia home again. This is because she is not an Australian citizen, and was a bad guest in Australia. As well, she was extradited, pleaded guilty and received a prison sentence greater than 12 months.

      In July 2015, Australia tightened even tighter entry requirements into Australia for non-Australian citizens and for deporting non-Australian citizens who turn into bad guests. This now means that all those people who came to Australia as babies or toddlers and did not take out Australian citizenship along the way, even they are getting deported from Australia if they receive a prison sentence of 12 months or more. I think pigs might fly before Dorothy Lee Barnett is allowed to call Australia her home again. Even Mal Brough won’t be able to come to her or Bruce’s rescue, as he is having a bad time politically.

  6. underwatch says:

    Thanks for your comments Celeste & Lorraine. I am certain all our website visitors enjoy reading them! Happy Holidays! – The Editor

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