Molester strangled in prison

Becky Vargo • Jul 22, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Officials believe Theodore Dyer, 67, was killed by his cellmate at the Saginaw Correctional Facility.

A Michigan Department of Corrections spokesperson said Dyer was strangled, and the cellmate was moved to a higher-level security area.

Dyer was in the process of appealing his conviction at the time of his death.

Grand Haven Department of Public Safety officers arrested Dyer in July 2013 after the 8-year-old girl’s mother saw him molesting the child.

Testimony during the man’s December 2013 trial revealed the child and her siblings regularly visited the apartment across the hall that Dyer shared with his girlfriend. One night, the girl’s mother went to retrieve her daughter and found the man performing oral sex on the child, the mother testified.

The child testified that it wasn’t the first time that happened.

The jury took 10 minutes to convict Dyer of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after the one-day trial. He was sentenced Jan. 20.

Dyer’s girlfriend cried after the sentencing and claimed it wasn’t true.

“It was all lies,” she said.

A former neighbor said the girl’s family moved out of the apartment complex a few months after the man was sentenced to prison.

“(The girl’s mother) told us it’s too awkward and uncomfortable to be there, seeing Dyer’s girlfriend,” the former neighbor said. “… I literally prayed for this. That little girl lived in terror. Now she can finally sleep.

“To me, that’s justice – knowing that that little girl doesn’t have to be afraid any more,” the former neighbor said.

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