Invisible Children

Child of Stephen Douglas James

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Stephen James

The sexual abuse suffered at the hands of her adoptive father, Stephen Douglas James, began when she was 11, the girl reported, but she did not initially tell anyone of the abuse because she was afraid that her father would hurt her or her brothers. She finally told her adoptive mother, who confronted James about it. James admitted to the acts and tried to escape trial by faking his suicide, which included severing his ring finger and leaving it in a hotel room with a divorce decree and suicide note, but was caught, charged, and sentenced to two life terms in prison. The girl was homeschooled along with her three adopted brothers and the couple’s biological children. Before the abuse came to light, James taught science lessons for other homeschooled children in the community.

Date: December 2001
Location: Bastrop County, Texas

Documents: Date:
Severed finger leads to search of Gulf 2004-08-09
Finger cut off month before disappearance 2004-08-27
Bond-jumping charge filed against missing man 2004-08-29
Fugitive free on bond in Louisiana 2005-12-10
Fugitive recaptured in Louisiana 2005-12-16
Bastrop man receives life in sex abuse of daughter 2007-07-20
Man who faked death gets life 2007-07-21