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Pedophile will serve all of 1994 sentence after repeat offenses

Dillow, Danny Everette-webBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

When 48-year-old Danny Everette Dillow was convicted in 1994 of sexually abusing a child, most of his sentence was suspended. Friday, a Pulaski County judge imposed the balance of that sentence after convicting Dillow of violating his probation for a fourth time.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor, Dillow was returned to the court as a result of recent convictions in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Dillow, of Dublin, was found guilty in February of molesting children in a grocery store and library in that county in June 2012. Three other charges were dismissed because the alleged victim had moved out of the country.

Dillow hadn’t been back in society for long when the Montgomery offenses occurred.

He was released in 2011 from a state institution where he had been committed in 2006 as a result of an inability to control “sustained deviant sexual interests in school-age children.” During the commitment hearing in Pulaski County, Dillow admitted being a “risk to children,” adding, “People have a right to be afraid of me. I’ve been a monster and sometimes I still feel I am.”

A counselor testified at that time that Dillow would admit having sustained sexual interest in children, then later insist he had the situation under control. She said she believes Dillow tried to curb his behavior, but “continued to fail tests that measured sexual arousal at the sight or thought of children.”

Two psychologists said Dillow would never be able to successfully function in society. One called him a “high risk” for future offenses and the other said he was a “moderate to high risk.” Both agreed that Dillow suffers from mental abnormalities and personality defects that would prevent him from being cured of pedophilia.

Asked by his defense attorney how it felt to hear what the counselor and psychologist had to say about him, Dillow told the 2006 jury, “It’s difficult, but it’s very accurate.” Nonetheless, he said he believed “it’s controllable.”

Dillow has been incarcerated since his arrest on the Montgomery County charges, to which he entered Alford pleas, but maintained his innocence. Alford pleas allow a defendant to acknowledge enough evidence exists for a finding of guilt without actually admitting guilt. He faces a maximum of 40 years in prison on those convictions.

Friday, the one year, four months and 16 days remaining on Dillow’s 1994 sentence in Pulaski County was imposed. He initially served three years, three months of the 10-year sentence. The remainder was imposed over the course of his other probation violations in 1999, 2000, 2004.

After he serves his Montgomery County sentence, he will once again be subject to commitment, Fleenor said.