BOULDER — A woman who claims she was sexually assaulted as a child by a California-based child-abuse ring remains in hiding after reportedly being first offered money and later threatened in order to silence her allegations.
The Times-Call has learned the woman's therapist received several phone calls ordering her to stay away from the woman. Those calls, a source said, are believed to have come from people targeted in the woman's allegations.
Police are also investigating the woman's claim that one of her alleged childhood assailants traveled to Boulder with a small female child and attended the same Christmas party as 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey the night she died.
That party is believed to have been held at the Boulder home of Fleet White Jr., the former best friend of JonBenet's father, John Ramsey .
Reports have said both John and Patsy Ramsey and their two children — JonBenet and her 9-year-old brother, Burke — attended the party and returned home about 10 p.m.
JonBenet's body was found in the basement the next day after her parents reported finding a ransom note in the home.
The California woman, who is now 37, claims she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a group of adults who employed garrotes placed around her neck to asphyxiate her.
JonBenet Ramsey had such a device around her neck when she was found.
The woman, according to the source, was often given small gifts after the assaults. One such gift was reportedly a picture of a stuffed bear with a heart on it similar to the so-called "mystery bear" authorities said was found in JonBenet's bedroom. The Ramseys reportedly told police JonBenet did not own such a bear.
Local police and the FBI are still investigating the woman's claims.
Boulder attorney Lee Hill, who represents the California woman, declined to comment on the reports when reached Monday night.
"I can neither confirm nor deny what her specific allegations are, preferring instead to let law enforcement explore those allegations," Hill said, adding the woman's safety remains his top priority.