EXCLUSIVE: Molestation victim's father upset about predator's taste of freedom
CLINTON - The father of a victim in a child molestation case wants the perpetrator to face a harsh prison reality after skipping out on a sentencing hearing last week.
The man, who WBRZ has not identified to protect the victim's identity, believes a report by the WBRZ Investigative Unit helped authorities find Prentiss Corey Chavers. Chavers was apprehended Wednesday in Washington Parish.
"When he didn't show up for sentencing, I really was in a panic," the victim's father said.
Authorities told the Investigative Unit Chavers was at a hospital and will now face charges for failing to show up for court and skipping bail. Chavers was set to plead in a deal where he wold get jail time, probation and pay fines.
The victim's father doesn't think Chavers had any intention on showing up for the court appearance he missed, though.
"I really don't think he had any intention of coming and turning himself in," he said.
He wants offenders like Chavers to lose freedoms so they don't flee.
"Domestic abuse, now, you're arrested for it, and you have to wait 72 hours before you bond out. You have to go see a judge. Why not make child predators do that? The legislature is in session now, let's go show them all this and maybe they'll change it now."
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