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1/7/03 - Tyler

Additional Women Believe Tyler Man Wrote Sexually Explicit Letters

A Tyler man has been arrested for allegedly writing sexually explicit and suggestive letters to nine women in the Tyler area.  And we're now learning others may have been targeted as well -- all across East Texas.

The letters were taped to the women's car windshields. Tommy Dale Woodard faces nine counts of misdemeanor harassment right now.  And police believe there could be more charges to come.  The 52 year old Woodard is a pharmaceutical representative.

In his work, he traveled all over East Texas and to the Metroplex. And since our story on Friday, more possible victims have called police from cities as far away as Nacogdoches and Lufkin. Plus, police tell us two of the alleged victims are teenagers.

Tyler Police Det. John Ragland: "The youngest victim appears to be about 16 years of age, at the time she received the letter. The oldest may be about 50 years of age."

Woodard has been visible in the community, serving as a Sunday School teacher at Green Acres Baptist in Tyler in the late 90's.  The church says he taught a teenage class for a time. Also, he was an assistant football coach at Robert E. Lee back in the seventies and eighties.  And in his college days, he was part of a national football championship team at UT Austin.

Last week, we spoke with a woman who says she received one of the letters. She says it was a terrifying experience. But police say Woodard apparently didn't make a specific threat to any the women, so the charge is just misdemeanor harrassment, instead of felony stalking. 

Two of the women who received letters also were reported victims of sexual assault. Contrary to published reports, police say it does not appear Woodard targeted them because they were rape victims. Detective Ragland says the women got the letters before they were attacked.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.

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