Cloverdale teacher's aide to be tried on molestation charges

There is enough evidence to try a Cloverdale High School teacher's aide on 23 felonies alleging he molested two teenage boys he befriended and invited to his home, a Sonoma County judge ruled this week.

Dyke Clyde Dewitt, 64, faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted of the charges, which include committing lewd acts on a child under 14, furnishing a minor with marijuana and distributing child pornography.

He was bound over for trial Wednesday by Judge Dana Simonds following a preliminary hearing in which his alleged victims testified.

One of the boys, who is from Santa Rosa, said he met Dewitt while camping on the Russian River. The other, a Cloverdale High student, said Dewitt struck up a conversation with him on campus about a book he was reading.

Both said they went to Dewitt's home over a period of several months in 2012, went in the hot tub naked with him and were molested.

Dewitt has pleaded to not guilty to all counts and remains free on a $300,000 cash bail. He's scheduled to return to court July 18 for further proceedings and to set a trial date.

Cloverdale school officials could not be reached Friday for an update on Dewitt's employment status. Superintendent Steven Jorgensen said in April he was still a district employee but was on leave from his position.

(You can reach Staff Writer Paul Payne at 568-5312 or paul.payne@pressdemocrat.com.)

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