Republican Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama is in the news again. No, it’s not because she’s signed another bill attacking people’s right to choose what they do with their bodies; and no, it’s not because she just signed a bill to make it harder for people in her state to vote. It’s because one of her state attorneys—and former deputy general counsel in the Office of Governor—has been arrested on a child solicitation charge. According to reports, 36-year-old Chase Tristian Espy has been fired.
Espy was reportedly arrested on Wednesday at his home and charged with “electronic solicitation of a child.” Gov. Ivey’s office gave this statement to AL.com: “The allegations against Mr. Espy are serious, tragic, and shocking. While he was employed by our office for only a few months, Mr. Espy has been terminated. As this is an ongoing investigation, no further information is available at this time.”
Sgt. John Carr of the Homewood told news outlets that his department’s Special Investigations Unit handled Espy’s arrest. Local CBS News affiliate WHNT reports that jail records show the alleged crime for which Espy was arrested and charged took place in March. The law, according to Alabama is a Class B felony, which has a standard range sentence of two to 20 years imprisonment.
In addition to the provisions of Section 13A-6-69, a person is guilty of solicitation of a child by a computer if the person is 19 years of age or older and the person knowingly, with the intent to commit an unlawful sex act, entices, induces, persuades, seduces, prevails, advises, coerces, or orders, by means of a computer, a child who is less than 16 years of age and at least three years younger than the defendant, to meet with the defendant or any other person for the purpose of engaging in sexual intercourse, sodomy, or to engage in a sexual performance, obscene sexual performance, or sexual conduct for his or her benefit.
And a reminder: Gov. Kay Ivey, in about two breaths, told reporters that while she had “no reason to disbelieve” the women accusing Republican Senate special election candidate Roy Moore of being a sexual predator of underage women, she would be voting for him.
The Trussville Tribune reports that Espy posted a $30,000 bond and was released Thursday, just before 2 a.m.
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