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3ABN sued
over Tommy!

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Can 3ABN Survive?

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Judge Rejects
Plea Deal

Updated 4/2/2010
Tommy Shelton

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Mom in Pain #1

Mene, Mene,
Tekel, Parsin

The Actual Lawsuit
IRS Criminal Investigation

Tommy Shelton Pleads Guilty on July 19, 2010

But Judge Rejects Tommy's Plea Deal on Nov. 15

Judge Found Tommy Unremorseful, Deserving of Jail Time

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Timeline of Criminal Case
With Links to the Washington Post and Save 3ABN

Feb. 25, 2010: Fairfax County Police obtain five felony arrest warrants for Tommy Shelton pertaining to child molestation.

Mar. 16, 2010: Tommy Shelton travels from Kentucky to Virginia to turn himself in, and two days later the Fairfax County Police Department issues a press release.

May 6, 2010: Tommy Shelton appears in court for a preliminary hearing, and the judge found probable cause to send the child molestation charges to a grand jury.

May 17, 2010: Tommy Shelton is indicted by a grand jury. Tommy is to face two trials, one for each victim. Eventually, a date for the first trial is set for July 19.

July 19, 2010: A week or so before the first trial is to begin, Tommy strikes a deal with the prosecutor. He decides to plead guilty in exchange for no jail time, with his sole punishment being having to register as a sex offender. The judge says he's unsure he will accept a plea deal that doesn't include jail time. Sentencing is set for September 24.

Nov. 15, 2010: Sentencing was postponed till October 22, and then again till December. But the judge decided to conduct Tommy's sentencing hearing on November 15. The judge found Tommy's written statement to be unremorseful, and gave Tommy a second chance in court to sound remorseful. The judge found whatever Tommy said to be unconvincing, and, against the wishes of the defense, the victims, and the prosecutor, rejected the plea deal since it didn't include jail time. Tommy then withdrew his guilty plea. Trial is now set for January, and whether Tommy will be convicted or acquitted is now up in the air.

Tommy Says, "I've Kept Myself Away from Young People"

According to the Washington Post, Tommy stated to the judge:

"I am remorseful," Shelton said. "I tried to live a Christian life all my life. I obviously got off track for a while. In the last 15 years, I've done everything in my power to live the way I should. I've kept myself away from young people... Saying I'm sorry doesn't fix it, but from the bottom of my heart, I am remorseful."

But what about all the times Tommy played the piano for Kid's Time? That's been since 2001, so it was definitely more recent than 15 years ago.

Who Will Testify for Tommy?

According to the Washington Post, the prosecutor told the judge that one of the reasons she wanted to see the plea deal accepted was because "Shelton would have witnesses testify positively about him."

This brings to mind the tribute to Tommy broadcast on 3ABN on December 31, 2006. Will any of the participants from that broadcast take the stand and testify on Tommy's behalf? Will Danny Shelton?

WUSA Channel 9 Coverage of Judge's Rejection of Plea Deal
With Footage of Tommy's Victims

Please keep the victims in your prayers as they now face testifying in court, which will include having to relive what happened to them.

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