Suicide leads to arrest of sex crime suspect

The Associated Press
Monday June 17, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO — A suicide note left by a teen-age girl who fatally shot herself in January has led to the arrest of a neighbor, charged with molesting her and another neighborhood girl. 

Richard Hayes Stone, an engineer at National Semiconductor and a volunteer student mentor at Santa Clara High School, is being held at Santa Clara County Jail on $1 million bail and is expected to enter a plea Tuesday. 

He was arrested May 31 and arraigned Wednesday on two counts of lewd acts with children under 14. 

Police said they have determined that Stone, 64, molested the 14-year-old girl, as well as a 12-year-old friend of hers. 

The Sunnyvale girl left a note to her parents and sisters that read: “You’re probably thinking that a normal teen-ager doesn’t do this, well ask Dick! Please forgive me.” Police say they believe the name “Dick” referred to Stone.