By Kelsey Givens and Matt Ward
Terry Timm has kept quiet long enough.
The 50-year-old Colorado mother of two says she feels guilty that she hasn’t told the world her secret sooner. Perhaps it could have saved any number of young girls from experiencing the horror she endured living under the roof of one Perry Allison Hood, the man who adopted her in the early 1980s, supposedly rescuing her from a life of sexual abuse at the hands of her biological father and grandfather.
Instead, she says, Hood, the smooth-talking family man and child psychologist, simply got away with taking her from one abusive home and placing her into another — his.
Timm contacted the Pahrump Valley Times on Wednesday after reading about her 69-year-old adopted father’s arrest in Tonopah last week on multiple child pornography charges. She says the allegations against Hood are the tip of the iceberg — he has been preying on young, troubled teenage girls for the better part of four decades, she says.
The story she related is chilling.
She was just 15 years old, a troubled girl, lashing out after a lifetime of abuse. She says her biological father beat her for sport. She first met Hood when he and his then-wife, Deborah, began work at a middle school in Monmouth, Maine. The husband and wife duo were school counselors who specialized in working with troubled kids. A Monmouth schools official confirmed Hood worked for that district from the 1980s until 1991. According to Timm, the couple appeared outwardly like the perfect family — smart, loving, concerned with helping abused children — but in reality, they were both predators, preying on kids they met through their jobs.
“When these people took me in, that was the first time I got to wear a pair of blue jeans; I was getting to do things that made me feel like the kid that I should. Then months down the road and it started to get, to be more like living in a cult than anything,” Timm said.
After a brief custody battle with the girl’s biological family, Hood finally secured his quarry. “After all of the legal stuff with my real family was settled and he had legal custody of me, that’s when everything started,” she said.
Timm wasn’t the only child Hood would eventually adopt either. He took in six in all, some Timm has met, some she hasn’t.
Timm describes a scene early in her experience where the married couple paired off with two of their children — the wife with a young male named John and Perry with Timm.
“We lived a rock-n-roll life — sex, drugs and rock-n-roll,” she said. “If we wanted concert tickets, we got them; if we wanted weed, we got it; we wanted alcohol, we got it. We were kids that kind of liked to party and he provided anything that we wanted,” so long as Hood got what he wanted, Timm said.
Hood was brazen about the abuse. He once raped her in the basement of his own mother’s home while the old woman was upstairs, none the wiser, Timm says.
Helpless doesn’t begin to describe what she felt. She’d already accused her real father of abusing her. She said she knew in her heart if she accused another grown-up, especially someone like Hood, who everybody loved at school, she’d be sent to a “funny farm.”
“Think about it. Here I am a troubled kid, I’m living in a very small town, where if you say anything about your family, you take things outside of your family, you’re almost shunned by the town. I was already living with enough shame or enough guilt that I had publicly accused my biological father of this. If a year down the road I said, ‘hey your great God-given psychologist is doing the same thing,’ that man would have had me put in a mental institution, there is no doubt in my mind,” she says, emotion tearing through her voice.
Timm says the abuse didn’t stop until she was 19. That’s when she left home and joined the army. She hasn’t looked back since, she says. That is until Wednesday.
That’s when the memories of what was done to her came flooding back. And not just her. A family friend from her old hometown in Maine was molested by Hood as a young girl, too. The Pahrump Valley Times attempted to talk to this person, but Timm said she wouldn’t speak to the newspaper.
“I don’t think she’s ready for that. I just talked to her about all of this and she, of course she hasn’t had contact with him like I have over the years, and she’s kind of put this out of her mind, and she’s not ready to do this. I just messaged her and talked to her, and she’s not ready to do this yet,” Timm said.
Timm kept in touch with Hood over the years, especially his mother, who she considers her grandmother. Timm filled in the blanks on Hood’s life between Maine and Nye County, where Timm says Hood has worked for at least the last seven years and maybe as many as nine. She says she thinks he worked in Pahrump as well as Round Mountain and Tonopah. Before moving out here, he lived in Las Vegas. This was after his first marriage fell apart when his wife followed her adopted son when he moved away to join the Marines, Timm says. Soon Hood married a new woman, Delores, or Dolly, as she’s called.
Timm says Dolly is the reason Hood moved to Nevada some 15 or more years ago — Dolly is a former Las Vegas prostitute, who happens to also be a language specialist at the school district, working alongside her husband much like his first wife. Sources with the school district have confirmed that several years ago Dolly’s past work as an escort became well-known gossip among area teachers. Timm says the woman even was arrested for pandering, though a search of police records didn’t turn up an arrest record for the woman. Police sources say Dolly has so far refused to cooperate with police investigating her husband.
Timm says Dolly knew of Hood’s proclivities.
“She knew. We had a problem with his, whatever you want to call it. She felt at one time he was cheating or whatever; I let her know the whole story between him and I. That part she does know. I don’t think she knew all of this, there’s no way she knew all of this (the evidence connected to the most recent allegations). They’ve basically been living as roommates now for about the last five years that I know of.
“They both have sexual habits that are really, really weird,” she said.
Attempts to reach Dolly in Tonopah were not successful by press time.
Timm says she fears there are hundreds of victims of her father’s out there. She particularly says she is worried about one 12-year-old girl from California. She says a trip her father took with this young girl to Washington state raised plenty of eyebrows last year.
“I’m really scared about a girl last summer. Dolly and Perry were supposed to go to Maine. Dolly went to Maine and Perry said they couldn’t afford for both of them to go. The next thing I know he is on a vacation to Washington state with a teenage girl. And he told me ‘oh no, no, no, her mom wanted me to take her’ and all of this stuff. He’s a very smooth talker. I don’t know her, but I do know that my adopted brother married someone and it’s her sister’s daughter. And she’s in California. So California, Washington, Maine, I’m going to tell you, buddy, there’s a lot more states than just Arizona and Nevada involved in this,” Timm said.
An allegation of inappropriate touching and photos taken of a young girl in Peoria, Ariz., is what led to Hood’s arrest on Jan. 22. A search of Hood’s home uncovered a cache of child pornography. Hood’s arrest, Timm says, is a result of his carelessness — at least this one time.
“He screwed up, because he messed around with a girl that probably has really good parents, she’s probably involved in school activities and that’s where he messed up,” she says.
Timm offered more details about the Arizona case, but to protect the identity of the victim, the Pahrump Valley Times is withholding those details.
Arizona police say they want to speak with Timm. Officers in that state are planning multiple felony charges against Hood.
Timm says she is in therapy today, and has been for years, trying desperately to mend the child’s broken heart that she lives with, the nightmares and the memories. She told her therapist of her father’s arrest. Both agreed sending Hood a message in jail would help Timm further the healing process.
She sent it Wednesday. It starts off with a bizarre, but appropriate salutation: “Dear #202379.” That’s Hood’s inmate number. The letter goes on to excoriate Hood over what he has put his family through. One sentence in bold letters speaks volumes, it speaks for every victim of sexual abuse.
“It all comes back. It’s here, right now, right in my mind, my head and my heart, and it’s as clear as the day it first happened,” she wrote.
Hood’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail by Nye County authorities. He’s charged with one count of use of minor in producing pornography or as subject of sexual portrayal in performance and four counts of possession of child pornography. Nye County School District officials are so far refusing to answer questions from this newspaper about the extent of Hood’s contact with students, or his wife’s, for that matter. Police reports indicate he may have had some questionable contact with children in Round Mountain.
Timm says she just wishes she’d said something sooner. Maybe saying something now means the chances Hood — who cracked a smile in his mugshot — will hurt another little girl is zero.
“He’s gotten away with it, gotten away with it, gotten away with it, but he’s not getting away with it anymore.”
Hood will be in Tonopah Justice Court on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m.