A Father Accused: Did He Molest His Children?

June 23, 2014
Wilma says she immediately called the police, kicked her husband, Adam, out of the house and filed for divorce, after she claims her 4-year-old daughter told her that Adam had touched her inappropriately. Wilma says she is convinced her husband molested their daughter and their 2-year-old son — and also claims that he has drugged her and raped her in her sleep. Adam vehemently denies the allegations and says Wilma is mentally unstable and angry that their marriage fell apart. He also says Wilma has unresolved childhood trauma. Could something from Wilma’s past be affecting her behavior? Has Adam been falsely accused — or has this father done the unthinkable? Wilma and Adam agree to take polygraph tests. What will the results reveal? This program contains strong sexual content. Viewer discretion advised. 







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WilmaAdam, Wilma's husbandJack Trimarco, polygraph expert

Did He Do the Unthinkable?

Wilma says she is convinced her husband, Adam, molested their 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. Adam denies the allegations and says Wilma is mentally unstable and angry that their marriage was falling apart. 

“My husband, Adam, is nothing but a * pedophile.”

Dr. Phil reads Wilma’s texts to his producer the previous night. And, Wilma reveals another shocking allegation against Adam.

In a previous interview, Wilma says she’s afraid Adam might try to kidnap their children. She says she has already caught him luring their daughter out of the house with candy. Adam says it’s untrue.

Onstage, Dr. Phil addresses Wilma. “Let me be sure I understand your position, because it’s important to you. You think he’s molesting your 4-year-old and your 2-year-old. You think he’s tried to kidnap your 4-year-old with candy, to lure her out with candy. Do you think if he got his hands on her and got her away, that he’d kill her?”

“I think he’d do anything to keep her quiet, absolutely. He knows he’s going to face life in prison,” Wilma says.

“I assume you called the police when he attempted to kidnap your daughter in violation of a protection order?” Dr. Phil asks.

“No, I didn’t,” she says.
 
“Why would you not?”

“I felt like they weren’t going to do anything anyway,” Wilma says.

Dr. Phil issues a strong warning to Adam and Wilma. "If you don’t, and I find out that it’s true, I’m not going to help you; I’m going to help prosecute you." 

Dr. Phil reviews apparent inconsistencies in Wilma’s reports.



“I’m concerned about these inconsistencies,” Dr. Phil tells Wilma, pointing out several details in her police report that she didn’t tell his producers.
 
“I did suffer a concussion on Mother’s Day,” she says. “I haven’t even gotten more medical attention since then. My memory is not as clear probably as it should be, and I have tried to block most of it out just to cope day to day, to take care of the children, to even get through the day without going nuts.”

“Well, you didn’t mention a concussion to us before,” Dr. Phil notes.

“I had a concussion on Mother’s Day,” she confirms.

Adam adds, “She bumped her head when we were out and about, having dinner, and yeah, she did have a concussion, and that is when really things did change. She wasn’t normal after that, that’s for sure.”

Dr. Phil drills down on Wilma's accusations. “Wilma, did this really happen?”

Polygraph Tests

Polygraph expert Jack Trimarco administered polygraph tests to both Adam and Wilma. Dr. Phil reads the results.

“The result to both of those questions is …”

Dr. Phil asks Wilma, “How do you feel about the fact that this test confirms that Adam has not touched your children in a sexual manner?”

“I feel bad. I mean, she did say it. I swear to God, she said it,” Wilma says.

“You feel bad? You should be elated,” he tells her.
 
“I’m not making it up!” she exclaims.

“You’ve just found out that these evidence indicate that your child has not been molested. Is that not the best news you’ve ever heard in your whole life?” Dr. Phil asks.

“Yes, that’s terrific. Yes, that’s — absolutely. Yes, I’m sorry,” she says.

Unresolved Childhood Trauma

In a previous interview, Wilma opens up about her childhood. “I was molested as a young child. I grew up in an extremely abusive household. My dad was caught and sentenced to 200 years in prison,” she says. “The abuse haunts me day in and day out. I never got help for anything. Everything was just kind of swept under the rug.”

“I do not believe Wilma has dealt with any of the damage she endured when she was growing up,” Adam says. “I believe Wilma is accusing me of molesting the children because of all the abuse she suffered when she was a kid.”

“I’m not making anything up because of what happened to me as a child,” she says.

“I’m very sorry for what’s happened to you as a child,” Dr. Phil tells her. “I hate that for you, and you say you’ve never dealt with any of that — I hate that for you as well. But I want to say that there are multiple prongs here that support that this hasn’t happened to your children, and I would think that would be really good news.”

“I’m glad that it hasn’t, if … I mean, I have not made it up. I did not make up what she said. I’m sorry. I’m sorry," Wilma says. She looks at Adam. "I mean, she did tell me those things, Adam. She did. I swear to God she did.”

Dr. Phil tells her, “I’m the guy who thinks you believe the child until you find out otherwise. I think we have found out otherwise here.”

Dr. Phil offers Wilma and Adam professional help, including resources to help Wilma if she’s dealing with the aftermath of a concussion. He tells Wilma, “As much as you think reality is spinning right now, you should have joy that all signs point to the fact that no one has hurt your children.”

Dr. Phil urges his viewers: “These are very important issues. If a child comes to you and gives you an indication that they’ve been touched inappropriately in some way, then please take that very, very seriously. Don’t go running at the accused person like your hair is on fire in a hysterical way — do your homework too, but believe that child, accept that child, nurture that child and find out what the truth is.”

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