Alabama Child Molester Gets New Trial Because North Escambia Resident Lied About Address

August 31, 2009

An Escambia County (Ala.) man in prison for abusing a seven year old girl will get a new trial because a juror from North Escambia lied about living in Alabama so he could keep his job.

chaverslarryrichard.jpgLarry Richard Chavers was sentenced in 2006 to a total of 31 years for sodomizing and sexual abusing a girl that was seven-years old in 2004.

Last week, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals sided with Chavers’ defense attorney, Paul Harden of Monroeville, and found that the man known as “Juror No. 216″ actually lived in North Escambia and not in Escambia County, Ala. Juror No. 216 served on the jury that convicted Chavers. Alabama law has a mandatory requirement that jurors live in Alabama for at least 12 months before a trial begins.

Harden argued that Juror No. 216 had a post office box in Escambia County, Ala., and claimed to live on South Eighth Avenue in Atmore, but he actually resided at 7500 Hodges Road, just across the state line in Escambia County, Fla. near Davisville.

Juror No. 216 was subpoenaed to testify before the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals back in January. According to court documents, he testified that he lived at 105-1/2 Tatum Avenue in Atmore. He told the court that he did not own any property in Alabama, but that he and his wife owned property on Hodges Road. Juror No. 216 said that his wife and children lived on the Florida property, but he had lived at the Tatum Avenue address all of his life. He denied that he and his wife were separated.

“He maintained that ‘I stay there a little bit,’ but admitted that he spent three to four nights a week there and that he had spent all the previous week at the residence in Florida,” the appeal said.

For the past 15 years, Juror No. 216 has been employed by Reid State Technical College in Evergreen, and he said that his job required him to have an Alabama driver’s license. When asked when he stopped residing in the State of Florida, Juror No. 216 responded, “I guess I still do.”

hodges.jpgUltimately, Juror No. 216 maintained that he resided both in Alabama at the Tatum Avenue address and in Florida at the Hodges Road address, about two-tenths of a mile from Alabama. When the defense counsel attempted to determine how often Juror No. 216 stayed with his wife and children in Florida and for how long, Juror No. 216 responded that that was “between me and my wife how many times I stay there”.

Juror No. 216’s wife was equally unwilling to disclose her husband’s residence, maintaining that it was not anyone’s business “how many nights my husband stays at my house or if he stays at his sister’s house”.

The court found that Juror No. 216’s sister owns houses at 105 Tatum Avenue and 105-1/2 Tatum Avenue, and that the houses were about 50-60 feet apart. Juror No. 216’s sister testified that on occasion her brother stayed at the house located at 105-1/2 Tatum Avenue, but she was unable to say how often he stayed there. Further questioning determined that the utility bills for 105-1/2 Tatum Avenue were in her name and that her brother did not compensate her financially for staying at that address.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals found that Juror No. 216 did, in fact, live in Florida at 7500 Hodges Road. The court ordered a new trial for Chavers.

Chavers was convicted of raping and sodomizing the seven-year old daughter of a woman he had dated. The girl, who was 10-years old at the time of the 2006 trial, testified that Chavers had abused her 15 to 20 times. The trial court sentenced Chavers to 21 years’ imprisonment on the sodomy conviction and to 10 years’ imprisonment on the sexual abuse conviction. The court suspended Chavers’s 10-year sentence for sexual abuse and ordered him to serve three years in prison and the balanced on supervised probation. He is scheduled to be released in October 2027.

Comments

44 Responses to “Alabama Child Molester Gets New Trial Because North Escambia Resident Lied About Address”

  1. faith on October 8th, 2010 10:18 pm

    i was in court also ! i know this man on a personal basis. i think he is guilty and if he does get out of this mess it will be the political connections that are in his family. and i agree with everyone else who cares where this juror lives. the only import matter in this whole thing is the child !!!!!!. only one judge matters in this and that is GOD and all the political friends want matter.

  2. Amy on January 12th, 2010 7:40 pm

    I am a dear friend of Mr. Chavers and know for a fact there is no way on earth that he did this to this child or any child. He loves my kids with all his heart and as a matter of fact when they were little gave me money to make sure they had christmas when I didn’t have the money to give them a nice Christmas. I don’t know why or who but someone is out to get him and I will fight for him til the day I die.

  3. Mom against sexual preditors! on September 11th, 2009 11:48 am

    For you to assume that because a juror lied about his address that this monster must be innocent is sickening!! What would this child have to gain by lieing?? NOTHING!! The authorities don’t just say.. “oh.. ok .. we will go arrest this man, because of what you said” The authorities question the victims on what happen to them in DETAIL.. not just once.. but many times.. Now imagine when you were 7 and had to talk about sexual acts… if you were never abused, you probably wouldn’t even know how to describe them.. regardless it would be a humiliating thing to have to do. And just imagine having to relive this everytime you were questioned and then to have to relive it again in a courtroom… it is no picnic and you gain nothing!! Not only that.. when there is penitration.. there is medical evidence.. so quit acting like an idiot and feeling sorry for this bastard!!

  4. Yvonne on September 9th, 2009 10:46 pm

    I hope that if the crime was not committed, and the child is in fact lying for whatever reason, that Mr. Chavers is set free. If he did do the crime, I hope he is kept where he is behind bars. Like someone said earlier no one really knows the truth but 3 people, God, Mr. Chavers, and the little girl.

    I hope he gets all new jurors, and gets a fair trial. No one has thought about what if a innoncent man has spent 3 yrs. of his life in prison for a crime he didnt commit? What about that??? I keep reading about the poor child, —- What about a man with no previous record, losing his job, being labeled as a sexual offender, the embarrassment of his parents as flyers were passed around there neighborhood, about there son being a sexual offender—– being moved from prison to prison…..not getting to be with his own son that is like 2 or 3 yrs. old???

    Ya’ll think on these thoughts………….

  5. David Huie Green on September 2nd, 2009 9:14 pm

    REGARDING:
    “2. Are you telling me that you wouldn’t know if an address less than a mile away from you was out of state? Surely you and the judge would be smart enough to figure that out.”

    I am ashamed to admit I know people who once lived in Bluff Springs and now live in Flomaton and I wasn’t nosy, errr, I mean caring enough to know when they moved.

    Judges are surely smarter than I am, though, so perhaps all judges know such things.

  6. Curious Citizen on September 2nd, 2009 4:30 pm

    1. I happen to know the juror and I know for a fact they do in fact know Judge Brogden.

    2. Are you telling me that you wouldn’t know if an address less than a mile away from you was out of state? Surely you and the judge would be smart enough to figure that out.

  7. NW Escambia FL Resident (for real) on September 2nd, 2009 3:12 pm

    I have lived in the same home for several years, and there are neighbors of mine that I have never met or spoke to. those folks are only yards away and I don’t know them. it is silly to think someone would know a person because they live a mile or less away.

  8. David Huie Green on September 2nd, 2009 2:05 pm

    REGARDING:
    “Judge Brogden lives about a mile away from the juror in question…..no doubt he knows said Juror. Why did the judge sit back and allow the lies to continue from the juror when he himself knew this juror was not a resident of Alabama?”

    Maybe judges know everybody who lives within a mile of them, but I know I don’t.

  9. Curious Citizen on September 2nd, 2009 1:25 pm

    This has not been brought up yet, but has anyone else noticed that the judge hearing this case was Judge Brogden, who has since retired? Judge Brogden lives about a mile away from the juror in question…..no doubt he knows said Juror. Why did the judge sit back and allow the lies to continue from the juror when he himself knew this juror was not a resident of Alabama?

    The greatest tragedy of the whole mess is that a victim, a child no less, has to relive a horrific crime because of something so stupid as someone telling a lie. Sad.

    Not only should the juror be held responsible, someone should look into the judge and why he allowed this to continue.

  10. judy c masek on September 2nd, 2009 10:59 am

    ive read all of the comments from so many folks!…i certainly can agree w/many points in “most” of them….and, ive learned alot, as well….i believe that the “juror” was and is a good man, father and husband….he errored in not being COMPLETELY honest, as im sure that he would agree, as well…..true enough, the whole case is very disturbing… at this point, personally, im going to focus on the possibility of what good could now come from this….hopefully, new judge, new jury….same witnesses (or more), same (and, or) new evidence…well see what happens….if chavers is found guilty again, then….who can complain that justice wasnt done, that the integrity of our judicial system was not upheld, and most importantly, that the defendant did not get a fair trial….also, it would be of interest (for me, at least) in knowing whether chavers 2 sentences were to have been “consecutive or concurrent”..that DOES make a difference…

  11. AL on September 2nd, 2009 12:02 am

    Shelia Brewton wrote: “. as a matter of fact mr. chavers is married to the little girl’s mother. she even testified on mr. chavers’ behalf”

    woopty doo.— my dad stood by for 4 years and watched the things happening to me and when she found out my mom still stood by him to this day.

    But that is neither here nor there….. the fact is the juror lied about something silly, now a child will either have to relive her worst nightmares or let her abuser go free. Good thing she has responsible adults to go to during this time -they are out there (somewhere), I’m sure

  12. A. Davis on September 1st, 2009 10:28 pm

    Years ago I saw A guilty person go free when everyone involved in the case knew they was guilty. It was done by phone a friend. Everyone that new that person called a person and that person called a person and so on, sounds crazy but it worked it only takes one person on a jury. I’m not saying that is the case here but whoever is helping with his case sure found the truth about this person on the jury. I don’t really understand why the person did’t just say he was living in alabama at the time they lied once what was the big deal about it again I think they should face charges for this.

  13. one of the 15% on September 1st, 2009 8:20 pm

    SHAME ON YOU!!! How dare you discredit a child. It’s obvious that you have absolutely no idea the mind games that occupany sexual abuse. Of course this child change different statements. Kids try to please adults and that is why so many pedifiles get away with manipulating children for years on end. I guarantee this child will be reminded about this abuse everytime she sees a movie implying sexual abuse, a sign, there are soooo many triggers. I’m so glad you didn’t suffer any abuse a child. The reality is that this act was confirmed by jurors. So if in fact the Dr’s stated that it was impossible then why did this they deliver a guilty verdict??? Incest/abuse damages lifes period.

  14. shelia brewton al on September 1st, 2009 7:14 pm

    i am assuming you people were not at mr. chavers’ trail. i was. it was a kangroo court. there were two drs. that testified. there said there was aboustly no way this could have happened to this girl. she has been known to tell things that are not true. mr. chavers’, i know as a fact mr. chavers tried his best to convice this little girl not to dress with clothes that were not right for a person her age. as a matter of fact mr. chavers is married to the little girl’s mother. she even testified on mr. chavers’ behalf. i just do not how juors could ignor the facts. the little girl is in foster care. her own grandmother would not take the little girl in. please do not get me wrong, sex offenders, i have no mercy for them and should be punished. but mr. chavers would not take atvange of a little girl like this. and also this juorer was unbelivable. his wife told the truth. he loves children, never would hurt them. he would give his life to protect them. sometimes people are convicted wrongly. do not judge, lest you be judged. just please try to weigh both sides or at least try to read his court report. thank the dear lord that someone, his new attorney, is fighting for mr. chavers. i was at the trail every day. i know. you may mail back and not agree, but this is the truth. the little girl’s daddy and uncle both are in jail for stealing and drugs. every juorer new the little girls family, mr. chavers did not have a chance. the little girl is a very smart and cute girl. all mr. chavers tried to do was treat her like she was his child. his wife also has a little boy that adores mr. chavers. he calls him his dad. there is more to this story than many people know. thank the good lord has seen fit to give mr. chavers a new trail. thank you for listening to me. i am telling the truth and so mr. chavers. he was noat even given the chance to testify for himself, nor people that know him. god bless. and mr. chavers also.

  15. NW Escambia FL Resident (for real) on September 1st, 2009 3:05 pm

    I am greatful for North Escambia. com and the information they share with the community. the information from this story is not to punish the juror or turn the community against them, and the information came from public documents. just like the web site link listed… all public information. it is there for the reading. this web site saves people time so they do not have to do all the research and cross check information. I routinely use county web sites like the tax web site to keep up with my neighborhood and who is living where. I also check the sherif web site and check for felons. these things are public services and I use them to protect me, and my family. I am glad william and NE.C are providing the service they do, it helps me keep my family safe. thank you North Escambia . Com

  16. Molino Mom on September 1st, 2009 3:02 pm

    To “My Thoughts” — you think this is William’s fault? The court ruled that he lived in Florida even though he said he living in Alabama. He made a mistake. But it means that there will be new trial that could put a convicted child molestor back on the streets with your kids and grandkids. Looks to me like north escambia is just reporting what the court ruled

    I searched on the internet and found the court documents. All of the information in the article that William wrote is in the court documents. His address, his place of employment, all that. It’s not like William searched all of that out to make a fool out of the man. I think his place of employment is important because that’s why he said he lied. His address sure is important because the court ruled he lives there. As for putting the exact address, that is important too. One man on that road did not tell the truth by what the court said. It’s better to point out where that one man lives than for everyone to wonder which person on that road did it.

    That is why I like northescambia.com — what ever happens is reported, not swept under the rug.

    I know his daughter. She’s a fine girl. She and everyone else should understand that daddy made a mistake, and it could have some serious consequences if the guy gets out of prison. But hopefully she has learned from this mistakes as hopefully all of the other people that lie about living in one state or another will learn.

  17. My Thoughts on September 1st, 2009 2:02 pm

    William,

    I think you might as well named the juror. You have placed a picture of his house and gave their mailing address. You also let someone post a comment with their tax information that can now find out who they are. I think this is looking a lot like Pensacola News Journal. I enjoy looking at this site but i do not enjoy looking at these dirty comments that has hurt this family and trashed the juror’s name.I think you might want to edit some comments that have no purpose being on here. I thought this website might be a positive thing but it is turning out to be a Jerry Springer production but just on the internet. I just want you to think about this man’s family and not about what he did .I think calling someone a liar is a very strong and messy. You are going after this man on your website and some “statements” you have posted are incorrect. You also have named his place of work which has nothing to do with what happened. I think you might want to rethink somethings you have done and if not then you need to change your rules that read at the bottom of your comment page. I know this will not be posted and it was not intended to. You gave no numver and I felt this was a low blow. It might would have been different if you would have been there from the start, but you took the drama of the story and trashed people’s names. He has a daughter in high school that now has to hear that her father is a “liar” which she knows the truth but in her daddys is her hero but people now might question that because of these dirty comments and your dirty story. I think next time when you are doing a story you should think about others and what is good for your web page and not what will draw people who want to start drama on here. This man now has to read these comments with his wife and children and see all the nasty things people think of him when they do not know this man. If you would think about it!!!!!!

  18. A. Davis on September 1st, 2009 1:57 pm

    This poor child is going to have to go through this again because another stupied adult has let her down. I pray this time he gets worst. I dont know what is wrong with people why protecting children from these dangers are not a bigger concern. I wish this well I cant say that word here, was In Florida I know some men doing life now that wouldnt mind leting him feel her pain, This would be worth the visit to see them. Its sad that there are cold blooded people in this world who care more about how easy these sick people hurt children than people who clam to care about them. I guess some people have been through things in there lives that others have not. I pray for this child to be strong and not to ever fear him are any others like him there is nothing to fear,HE IS WEAK IN ALL WAYS that is why he had to choose a child to hurt.

  19. NW Escambia FL Resident (for real) on September 1st, 2009 1:23 pm

    “The Stupid Tree… and hit every branch” I Love it! I do not have the gift to use and arrange words like that. the sentance is perfect just the way it reads. I feel the same way and wonder how some folks come to the conclusions they do. sexual abuse is a very real crime and is everywhere. how many stories has North escambia covered this year that deals with sexual abuse of some kind. we read about it everyday and you should know for every case we hear or read about there are several we do not know about because they were not reported. this story is sad but tells us that small details affect the big picture. the sexual abuse is not the core issue here, the lying and jury issue is. if that had not happened none of this would be happening now. it is always the details, and no I don’t like it, but I do like the fact that there are checks and balances and when something is off, it makes it all off!

  20. AL on September 1st, 2009 1:14 pm

    Wow… Grits… I am just…. I … wow… amazed.
    Have you worked with any foster care children? You should. Go down and get your prints and background check, then spend some time with these kids who are “one of the few” sexually abused children.
    Better yet, google information about child pornography arrests right here in our area. I am sure there will just be one or two random pervs pop up. (I specify porn because it has the “evidence” you seem to need.
    Just in the past 12 months, how many cases have come up of men keeping children as sex slaves until they are adults? Do you watch the news? Have you kept count of teachers sleeping with students, doctors being arrested for sexual assaulting their patients….

    take off the blinders…. so you can see the signs if / when this happens to a child you love (if they have the courage to tell……..)

  21. jack on September 1st, 2009 10:13 am

    The other (11) jurors,plus most here…….(Have never told a lie.)…….That’s good to know.

    For those who never told a lie—–> Keep up the good work.

    For those that have lied—–> Go to google map.Find your house and put a big red X on it,and give as much personal information as possible about yourself.

  22. GRITS on August 31st, 2009 11:09 pm

    David Huie Green wrote:

    “Actually, if it were me, I would want to get off even if guilty, but I would at least want the others to get a fair trial.”

    And why don’t we all just tell the truth? That’s it, Green. We all want to a “get out of jail free” card when we get in trouble, or our loved ones do, but when it’s the other guy – HANG HIM HIGH!

    And AL – I sincerely apologize if I have offended you. A victim of childhood sexual abuse has problems forever. I personally know three people who were abused as children and they still have tremendous emotional problems stemming from the abuse.

    You have my sympathy, but I still stand by my statement. True sexual abuse is very rare, at least in the age we live in. Not too many years ago women and children were considered the property of men and when those women and children were abused, people turned their heads. That’s not so anymore and I’m glad – but sometimes I think we’ve gone too far in the opposite direction.

  23. Another mom on August 31st, 2009 11:02 pm

    Ummm, actually……he didn’t have to lie about where he lived to get an Alabama driver’s license. When a person lives in another state but works in AL at a job that requires an AL license, you can obtain an ALABAMA license that lists your Florida address. I know this because I have had one. Maybe this guy should have checked into that before he started lying.

    I’m sorry but I can’t have much compassion for him or think very highly of him when he lied in court, commonly known as perjury which is a CRIME, especially when it was never necessary in the first place. As I said, he could have gotten a license without lying about it AND when the jury summons was sent to him, he could have called and told them that he no longer lived in Alabama and been excused. If he had done everything legally and honestly in the FIRST place, he wouldn’t be in this situation now.

    This really goes to show how a “little white lie” can snowball into something that can ruin your whole life.

    Moral of the story: never tell a lie.

    As far as the new trial, it will probably not happen. This little girl and her family are not going to want to go through this again. The DA isn’t going to want to do this to her, so they will probably offer him a plea bargain.

    He was awarded a new trial because the juror who lied is considered to have tainted the entire jury pool, therefore, the verdict is tainted too. I understand that, but it really sucks for this little girl and her family.

  24. David Huie Green on August 31st, 2009 8:11 pm

    REGARDING:
    “Point a finger at him, and there will still be 3 pointed back at yourself. Nobody’s perfect, or even smart, all the time.”

    That is true but meaningless, the fingers part, I mean.

    If you say, “that man perjured himself,” that does not mean you thrice perjured yourself. We have all done things we would not have done if we had thought them through and/or known we would not get away with them.

    Where is the harm in discussing the problems this man’s decisions caused? Whenever I read of someone being killed in a car wreck or shot in a bar by a drunk or dying of varous communicable diseases, I pointed out to my children what had happened and the consequences, not to judge the people doing it, but to warn my loved ones.

    In a community, we watch over each other. Even the hateful serve a purpose because they show such exist.

    I used to think everybody was good as everybody in Bluff Springs.

    Sometimes I am afraid they actually are.

    Juries have convicted innocent people in the past. I doubt they did here, but it DOES happen. it is good that the flaws in the system are being tied up so there is less doubt when a verdict is handed down. If you could be certain none of the witness lied, you wouldn’t be afraid of rendering a true verdict. You wouldn’t be afraid you were convicting an innocent person or releasing a monster to hurt others.

    Sometimes it is irritating because everything is done to protect the accused but if you, a relative and/or a loved one were accused, surely you would want a fair trial.

    Actually, if it were me, I would want to get off even if guilty, but I would at least want the others to get a fair trial.

  25. Mercy Me on August 31st, 2009 7:23 pm

    I have lived in the Atmore area all my long life. I well remember when the Hodgen Road and Greenland-Bratt Road leading south out of Atmore were considered Route 1, Atmore, Alabama. We used to live out there when I was a child and had a box number on Route 1. Everybody who wants to hang the Juror, remember that If a person lives long enough, and engages in life long enough, they will make less than optimal choices sometimes. Without talking to him or his family, I feel confident that he has made some life-altering choices that he regrets. Point a finger at him, and there will still be 3 pointed back at yourself. Nobody’s perfect, or even smart, all the time.

  26. David Huie Green on August 31st, 2009 2:38 pm

    REGARDING:
    “How does this man’s lie affect the verdict? If he was proven guilty beyond any shadow of doubt… then why should this man’s residence change that? I hate loop-holes and politics!”

    He wasn’t tried by a jury of his peers, he was tried by a jury of Alabamians and one Floridian. The Constitution does not require jury by people from the state in which the crime is charged to have happened, but it accepts Common Law of England which does and obviously laws and rulings have required it for a while.

    And it is not “shadow of doubt” more like “reasonable doubt” after all, you can always throw up a shadow.

    Article Three, Section 2, paragraph 3:
    The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.

    Consider if you could be tried in the state in which you are accused but the jury was shipped in from across the country. They are less likely to be understanding.

    Everybody involved knew this requirement at the time of the trial and one man decided to lie for some reason. I wonder if it would be reasonable for him to pay the cost of the new trial and serve the time already served if the new jury reaches a different verdict.

  27. AL on August 31st, 2009 2:01 pm

    Whoa! GRITS…. stop that train!!!
    “Sex offenders do exist and children are horribly sexually abused every day, but thankfully it’s rare. ”

    It’s RARE?!?!?!? Some statistics of this “RARE” phenomenon…. (courtesy of RAINN.org)
    1 in 6 women, 1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime

    Every 2 minutes in the good ol’ US of A someone is sexually assaulted

    60% of sexual assaults are not reported to police

    15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12
    29% are age 12-17.
    44% are under age 18
    80% are under age 30
    12-34 are the highest risk years.
    Girls ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.
    7% of girls in grades 5-8 and 12% of girls in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.

    3% of boys grades 5-8 and 5% of boys in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.
    In 1995, local child protection service agencies identified 126,000 children who were victims of either substantiated or indicated sexual abuse.5

    Of these, 75% were girls.
    Nearly 30% of child victims were between the age of 4 and 7.
    93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.6

    34.2% of attackers were family members.
    58.7% were acquaintances.
    Only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim.

    Thank Holy God it is “rare”……..
    - signed one of the “rare” 15%

  28. A Man on August 31st, 2009 12:11 pm

    Tina,
    You do not know this man, and you probably do not know the whole situation so you might need to keep your thoughts to yourself. He his not a DOG. How would you feel if someone called you a DOG. I bet you would not like that would you?

  29. GRITS on August 31st, 2009 11:09 am

    So a prospective juror stretched the truth, because to admit he wasn’t an Alabama resident would have put his job at risk. He probably figured he’d never get selected to sit on the jury anyway – but once he did he should have confessed. He didn’t.

    So a man accused of sexually abusing a child gets a new trial. Convicted people get new trials every day, even when the evidence against them is indisputable. The evidence in this case is very disputable.

    THINK, instead of reacting with raw emotion. Say your son gets involved with a woman who has kids. She comes from a very troubled family. Her mother – the grandmother of the kids – hates your son. The grandmother accuses your son of sexually abusing one of the children, even though there is no evidence.

    Your son is convicted and sent to prison until he’s a old man – because a person who hates him says he did a terrible thing.

    Could this happen, with our infallible justice system? It can and has happened, many times. I don’t know these people, but I know the evidence in the case very well and I’ve always been troubled over this particular conviction.

    When you look at the convicted sex offenders registry, just remember there’s a story behind each case. For instance, one of the offenders in my neighborhood was convicted and served several years in prison for sexually abusing a minor. When he was released from prison, he married the girl he had “sexually abused”. She was fifteen at the time of the alleged abuse and he was eighteen. She got pregnant, her parents had him arrested. He was convicted and is now a registered sex offender.

    Another was accused of sexually abusing his own daughter. She later recanted and admitted she lied because her Dad was too strict on her and she thought if he had to move out of the house that her mom would let her do what she wanted. Didn’t make any difference – he was convicted and is now a registered sex offender.

    My daughter and granddaughter live next door to a registered sex offender. They were served notice that he had moved into their neighborhood, along with everyone else in the area, in accordance with law. His crime was that he had sex with a 16 year old girl in 1982. He’s no more a threat than I am, but he is a registered sex offender.

    If you’re a man or if you have a son or a husband – be afraid. Be very afraid and be very careful. When it comes to sex abuse, an accusation is as good as a conviction, thanks to the radical laws we have on the books.

    Sex offenders do exist and children are horribly sexually abused every day, but thankfully it’s rare. Most of the time, you have to consider the “rest of the story”.

  30. Get a Life on August 31st, 2009 10:41 am

    You know i do not know the little girl and no i do not think this guy should get a retrial but i do know the juror is a good man that did not lie in court about his opion so nodummy you need to stop reading into it because i am just trying to write nice things for this family to read and by no means i think it is right that he should get another chance in court but you need to take that up with the person who made that choice.

  31. NW Escambia FL Resident (for real) on August 31st, 2009 10:34 am

    Nokaoi,
    Yes we can read, thank you for asking. Instead of asking if you can read I will ask ” can you comprehend?”
    Does it really make it OK to lie if it is to keep your job? Lying is Lying. when you lie in court it is called perjury, and yes that is a crime. in this case the crime will cost tax payers money, as the accused now gets a new trial.
    How wonderful is a person who intentionally deceives others for personal gain? That’s what this is about right, this guy lied to the Government at least twice (once to get an Alabama driver License and second at court regrading his residence) just so he could keep his job that required him to have an Alabama driver License.
    I feel bad for the small school where he works as this is Bad Publicity for them. Sounds to me like he is Just another Dirt Bag!

  32. Nokaoi on August 31st, 2009 9:57 am

    you people are idiots…..why should this guy get a new trial because some juror lied about his address….give me a break….!!! big freakin deal he didn’t lie to be on the jury ……………..he lied to keep his job CAN’T ANYONE READ?

  33. Tina on August 31st, 2009 9:37 am

    So this “wonderful” person lied in a court of law? Yep, sounds like a wonderful person. Must be one of those people who will do “ANYTHING” to be chosed for a jury trial. If he wanted to be “NOT CHOSEN” he would have lied to get out of it. lol.
    Some people will do anything they can in order to be picked because they like that dreadful drama.
    I can hear it now……….Yea man, I got chosen for jury duty. I told the truth and got picked hehehe.

  34. nodummy on August 31st, 2009 9:32 am

    GET A LIFE……..OK SO YOU KNOW THIS WONDERFUL PERSON WHO
    (((((((((((((((((((LIED)))))))))))))))))) and what about that sweet little girl????????? (((((((((((((((DO YOU KNOW HER))))))))))))))

  35. Tina on August 31st, 2009 9:29 am

    DARRYL WHAT PART OF THIS DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND. The court suspended Chavers’s 10-year sentence for sexual abuse and ordered him to serve three years in prison and the balanced on supervised probation. He is scheduled to be released in October 2027
    MMMMM OK THE COURT SUSPENDED CHAVERS “10 YEAR SENTENCE”????????????????????????????????????????

  36. Get a Life on August 31st, 2009 9:00 am

    I know Juror and his wonderful family, and they are great people. He kind of got stuck between a rock and a hard place. AND if y’all knew the whole to the story your opion might change.

  37. NW Escambia FL Resident (for real) on August 31st, 2009 8:42 am

    I hope the juror in this case that lied about where they live will now get prosocuted for criminal charges as they are 100% responsible for the new trial that will be forth coming. way to waste tax payer money!
    thanks to the information age and technology you can get detailed information by entering the address from the story into the escambia county tax collector page and “suprise” see who the lying juror is. Here is the link you can copy and paste into your browser. According to Escambia County Florida, the person has a century address.

    http://escambiataxcollector.governmaxa.com/collectmax/collect30.asp?sid=8A16FA44A5774795B812ECD1CF3A9599

  38. Darryl on August 31st, 2009 8:21 am

    A. The molester gets a new trail, not released.
    B. Casandra is right about the jury; it was a stupid thing to do and violates the trust put into the jurors.

    The bigger problem is he will eventually be released; 2027 per first conviction. Child molesters are hard wired and per some psychologist can not be rehabilitated like people who commit other crimes. The knee jerk reaction to castrate seems like a “cure” but it is not, for the worst will find other ways to molest. The sad fact is a lot of molesters were molested as children, but society may find it has to isolate child molesters from the general public forever.

  39. V on August 31st, 2009 8:21 am

    Why put this child thru another trial? Don’t you think this child has suffered enough already? I live in Al and this really ticks me off to know that this poor child who went thru this horrific crime once and now has to relive this again due to someone decieded to lie. I pray for this child.

  40. Casandra on August 31st, 2009 7:25 am

    How does the lie affect the verdict? Well, for starters, the jury pool was tainted. If a juror would lie (to the court no less) about something as simple as his residence, then how can we expect this juror to be truthful in deciding a person’s fate? As far as I’m concerned, there are only two people on this earth who really know what happened: Chavers and the child. It would be horrible for a guilty person to be set free,if that is the case, but that is the price we must pay for having the form of government that we CHOOSE to live under. Remember folks, it is a choice to live in America and live under her laws.

  41. Tina on August 31st, 2009 6:57 am

    Our justice system SUCKS!! and it fails little children DAILY.
    Why let this DOG out?? So that he can find his next victim??
    molino jim I’m with you, I think that the judge who lets this DOG out of prison should have to bend over in front of him.
    He will RE-O-FEND!!!!
    I think that the little girl should be given the right to decide his punishment.
    I am so sick of these perverted child molesters getting slapped on the hand.
    He is nothing but a DOG and he will have MORE victims.
    GOOD JOB Mr. JUDGE.
    Wish I could have your job for 1 day, nothing but child molestor cases!!
    Does the word MAXIMUM SENTENCE mean anything Mr. Moran Judge???

  42. Nicole on August 31st, 2009 6:39 am

    How does this man’s lie affect the verdict? If he was proven guilty beyond any shadow of doubt… then why should this man’s residence change that? I hate loop-holes and politics!

  43. molino jim on August 31st, 2009 6:09 am

    Hope this poor poor fellow can get out and maybe build a new life for himself. Maybe as a care giver for a child or grand child of the judges who votes to release him. As my grandfather would have said—he needs to be gutted and feed to the hogs.

  44. Another mom on August 31st, 2009 1:26 am

    This is ridiculous! WHY did this idiot lie about where he lived in order to serve on a jury? MOST PEOPLE do everything they can to keep from getting jury duty and then this one lies just to get on one. Go figure! Now this poor child’s abuser may go free because of his dishonesty.





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