Senior citizen imprisoned for child sexual batteries



“A lifetime of good can be ruined by one bad act, and in this case you have two” a judge said Monday to 78-year-old Clarence Ray Chrisley, who admitted in January that he molested two young girls in separate incidents in 2005 and 2012.

Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. was referring to character witness testimony that Chrisley, of Hiwassee, is “one of the most faithful” members of his church and has been an “excellent” father who “did without so his children could have” more.

Chrisley and his character witnesses, including the victims’ father, testified that Chrisley is remorseful for his actions and has apologized. Judge Long said that may be true, but Chrisley still as an obligation to the state of Virginia for the “heinousness of his crimes” to serve as punishment and a deterrent.

Under state sentencing guidelines, Chrisley faced from two to 60 years in prison, with a mid-range of just over 40 years, for his two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age of 13. Judge Long sentenced him to 20 years on each count and ordered that the terms run consecutively, for a total of 40 years.

“Justice calls for me to stop there,” Long said after imposing the 40-year term. However, he suspended 33 years, leaving Chrisley with seven years to serve. He denied a request by defense attorney Everett Shockley that Chrisley have until Friday to report to New River Valley Regional Jail.

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9 Responses to Senior citizen imprisoned for child sexual batteries

  1. whaaat??

    April 29, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Am I reading this right… just 7 years??? As a mother of a daughter who will be 9 when this monster is released and who are also residents of Hiwassee, this is terrifying!!! And a father of one of his victims can talk good about this monster who stole his daughters innocence.. what kind of father are you??? What kind of crap is this??? God help us all!

  2. disgusting!

    April 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Ol’ Angie Harrell will probably get more time then him.. how sad that this judge thinks so little of the victims who will be haunted by this old mans disgusting face forever and he gets 7 yrs.. God will give these girls justice, but what about here on Earth. And whos going to fight for them if one of the “fathers” testified he was ” remorseful ” and added in there he “apologized”… WTH! I dont even have children but I know Id never speak on a mans behalf that molested mine..  Man this is a shame. These monsters are the ones that deserve nothing less than the full maximum sentencing, nothing suspened and anything you can add on to it! What’s really going on???

  3. Cj chrisley

    April 29, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Media never includes all facts and evidence in cases so a lot of people don’t get whole story.what was done was very wrong but the main thing is Forgiveness. ..Matthew ch 6 verse 14-15.For if ye forgive men their trespass, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

  4. please dont judge

    April 29, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    I happened to be in the coutroom that day on another matter and heard this case and the family and yes the media Never tells the whole story! Unless you were In courtroom and felt the hurt this family is going thru please dont judge!

  5. dlp

    April 29, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Why is it that everyone thinks that the bible and preaching makes a person forgive a person for a terrible, unspeakable crime. Is it because it hasnt happened to them. How can people continously….over and over and over again, say the bible says forgiveness and the bible says forgiveness. Look, this man received a very very light sentence for molesting “children”. Since your up on your verses and appear to know your bible, find the verse that says molest children and as long as thee is sorry, thy shall forgive, and let you go free, as long as you promise not to do it again? Let me know when you find it….

    • Lola

      April 30, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Forgiveness is a holy concept, one for which I am thankful. It deals with being forgiven a debt that involves one’s eternity. However, forgiveness does not mean absolution here on earth. The debt to society must still be paid, an earthly punishment is required. This man committed horrible crimes and only received 7 years, that in itself is a crime.

  6. concerned

    April 30, 2014 at 8:49 am

    This is a hard situation for all involved. Although I do agree that he should be punished for what he has done, what people don’t realize is that forgiveness is necessary for the victims to heal and move on. They won’t forget what happened for sure and no the media doesn’t tell the whole story. The lives of this entire family has been changed and I pray for healing for them all. If you’ve never been faced with the same situation you’ll never understand.

  7. Dixie Smith

    April 30, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I am so sorry and I can feel your pain. If you need anything let me know. I will be praying for all of you. Love you guys

  8. Frustrated

    May 1, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    A lifetime of good can not be ruined… Just as the one bad act can not be erased…

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