Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin’s has minimized the crime of Parental Kidnapping and Family Abduction. It’s apparent that the lobby and special interest groups have put pressure on him not to charge Elaine Yates. In the decision not to charge her, it’s hopeful that the U.S. Attorney will step up and investigates Yates for crimes she must have committed while in hiding. Did she pay taxes? Is she guilty of identity theft? Did she commit forgery?
Gina Dahlen and Scott Dahlen, the owners of White Horse Ranch in Hermann, Minnesota plead guilty to one count of depravation of parental rights for their role in the Teenager Family Abduction of the Rucki girls
Both of the Dahlens admitted in court that they knew the teenagers’ father had been awarded custody of all five of his children in November 2013. The girls were held for 942 days. The Dahlens admitted they knew he had custody and failed to contact the father or law enforcement. The Dahlens had been charged with six felony counts.
It is unclear of the Dahlens were charged with a Felony. They testified against both Sandra Rucki and Dede Evavold.
Gina and Doug Dahlen will be sentenced on April 3, 2017 at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings, Minnesota.
The horse did not plead guilty.
Protective Mom Elaine Yates (alias Liana Waldberg) hid underground for over 30 years. She had to have received assistance from various protective parent supporter groups. In the past, some of the support has come from the Domestic Violence Shelters which were well funded after the Violence Against Women Act of 1994(VAWA). During that era, there was an abundance of funds available for these groups. In past cases, there have been a number of shelter workers or volunteers directly involved in kidnapping. There were also a number of loosely connected religious groups with the cases in Mississippi and in later years some of the Unitarian Universalists Churches that have supported protective parents.
Let’s hope Federal Law Enforcement assists the local Rhode Island District Attorneys Office to understand who helped Liana Walldberg. There are still a significant number of unsolved protective parent cases. Those children rightfully deserve to know their birth father and his family.
The Domestic Violence community has convinced some junior reporter that Domestic Violence was not a crime in 1988. Why didn’t they take the time to get a quote from a criminal attorney on this rather than a domestic violence advocate with likely no professional or licensed credentials. Why wouldn’t assault be crime in 1988?
The County Judge in this case released Elaine Yates and hasn’t even chared her former spouse George Rapier. The media really needs to do some research on this case. Rapier was Yates’ underground spouse and should also be culpable for this crime — although many of us in the Family Abduction Community would speculate that George Rapier was the one that turned in Yates (for immunity from prosecution).
The sooner the victim father in this case is reunifed with now adult children the better. If not, then it’s likely Yates committed other crimes such as income tax evadtion, fraud and possibly some other federal crimes.
The judge in this case should be ashamed of himself in minimizing a 30 year parental kidnapping. The protective parent movement started in the Northeast and there has always been an attempt to further this case.
What the father in this case really needs is a civil attorney to file a lawsuit aginst his former spouse for millions of dollars. This mother must compensate this parental kidnapper for her crime.
Elaine Yates (alias Liana Lynn Waldberg) eluded law enforcement for 30 years. She was said to have once been in New Zealand with her daughters. She apparently lived in an affluent neighborhood in Houston. Let’s hope the judge in Rhode Island does not give her bail and lets her spend time in jail for her crime.
In long-term parental kidnapping cases, the law has not yet been changed to allow longer criminal sentencing. In this case, Elaine Yates played Judge, Jury and Executioner to her former spouse’s custody rights. She deserves to spend 30 years in prison for her crime.
In addition, it’s time for any third party conspirators that initially helped Elaine Yates be prosecuted. We have always heard that Faye Yager, of The Children of the Underground had assisted Elaine Yates. Possibly Yates could get a reduced sentence for giving up the identity of those that assisted her.
In this new era of coparenting and joint custody, you can’t have parents like Elaine Yates kidnapping their children in these cases. In some of the previous cases, some of the small city District Attorney did not want to prosecute these cases. Let’s hope the District Attorney is this Rhode Island County fully prosecutes Elaine Yates for her crime.
Editor’s Note: We are praying for the victim adult children in this case and hope that they will soon reunify with their father.
One of the very oldest cases the Family Abduction Watch Editors have followed over the past 20 years has breaking news. The YATES girls have been found! This father has posted on our website a number of times over the past several decades in his search to find his children. Today, we are happy for this searching parents and will be even happier when we hear that the now adult children have reunified with him.
The Yates case represents one of the first cases cited by Children of the Underground Attorney Alan D. Rosenfeld and Garnett Harrison of Harrison & Rosenfled out of Montpellier, Vermont in the ’80s. Because of Attorney Rosenfeld and Garnett Harrison’s possible involvement in this case, it has been a long-time belief that Faye Yager aided in this abduction. This parental kidnapping took place out of nearby Rhode Island and had all the case history of protective parent/underground cases. It is believed by many in the Family Abduction Community that the Underground was started by Garnett Harrison with the Dorrie Sigley and Karen Newsome Cases.
Since authorities are now prosecuting Elaine Yates, is it possible that third party conspirator Faye Yager could be indicted? More on this later!
Doug Dahlen’s criminal trail in the 944 day kidnapping of Sandra Grazzini’s daughters is scheduled to begin on January 23, 2017. Gina Dahlen’s trial is scheduled to begin on February 7, 2017. Both criminal trials will be conducted at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings, Minnesota.
Last year, conspirator Dede Evavold was found guilty and sentenced to jail where she currently resides.
Editor’s Note: The Dahlens need to accept responsibility for their part in the kidnapping of these teenagers. The emotional impact of a kidnapping on the teenage victims, their families, their friends, members of the community as well as the amount of valuable legal and judicial resources used by one family is pathetic. Let’s hope they plead guilty to spare the victims and the community of this case. If they do take it to trial, giving Sandra Rucki and Michelle MacDonald yet another forum for the same old story, then they should receive the maximum punishment for their crimes.