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Alleged child molester gives 'not guilty' plea

Monday, May 19, 2008

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Joseph A. Short
A man arrested last week for alleged involvement in the molestation of a child was formally charged in Clay Superior Court Monday.

Joseph A. Short, 32, appeared before Judge Blaine Akers by video conference from the Clay County Justice Center, entering a formal plea of not guilty on one class C felony charge of child molesting a child under 14-years of age (which, if convicted, is punishable up to 2-8 years imprisonment with a $10,000 fine) and one class B misdemeanor charge of battery (which, if convicted, is punishable with up to 0-180 days imprisonment and a $1,000 fine).

During the investigation, Brazil City Police Det. Clint McQueen acquired enough information to arrest Short for alleged incident(s) of inappropriate fondling or touching of a juvenile and a separate incident of shoving the same juvenile.

According to court officials further case details are unavailable because the probable cause statement is sealed as part of the no contact order filed on behalf of the victim.

Short is currently being held in jail on a $25,000 cash bond with no 10 percent allowed. However, arrangements were made in court Monday for attorney Charles Hear to file a motion on Short's behalf for a possible bond reduction because his attorney Geoffrey Creason is unavailable at this time.

Appearing in court for a pretrial conference on June 16, Short is scheduled for a jury trial on July 30 at 1:30 p.m.


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boy i feel sorry for these kids that have to attend school what happened to inacent until proven guilty joe is not the type of person that would do something like this until proof is made to alot of the family member they refuse to believe

-- Posted by bnnsho on Mon, May 19, 2008, at 9:42 PM

there should be no acceptance of child molestation. he should stay in jail until the case is over. hopefully no one is stupid enough to bond him out. keep him locked up until the case is over...even if it isn't true, at least there is no opportunity for anything else to happen. its better to make a mistake on the side of caution, than to potentially let a child molester back on the streets.

-- Posted by s.o.s. on Tue, May 20, 2008, at 8:41 AM

During the investigation, Brazil City Police Det. Clint McQueen acquired enough information to arrest Short for alleged incident(s) of inappropriate fondling or touching of a juvenile and a separate incident of shoving the same juvenile.

To answer your question "bnnsho", the police didn't arrest an innocent man. They had "enough information" to hold him for "alleged incidents". Alleged means "unproven".

As for "Joe" not being the type of person that would do something like this ... that's what they said about 'convicted' child molesters, as well. If he didn't molest family members, then I'm sure they wouldn't believe his arrest for this alleged (there's that word again) crime.

These guys don't walk around fondling children in public .. they're very discrete, because they KNOW IT'S WRONG.

If the evidence points to this man, then he will be convicted.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, May 20, 2008, at 10:41 AM

there is more behind this story then people no so for the ones that know the facts we dont believe he should loose his job his home and everything else jobs are hard to come by these days so it will really be sad to see him loose his really good job

-- Posted by bnnsho on Tue, May 20, 2008, at 10:55 AM

Bnnsho , you stated" there is more behind this story then people no so for the ones that know the facts." Enlighten the readers. a child molester you SHOULD loose everything, The children whom has been molested have to live with this the rest of their lives.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, May 20, 2008, at 1:51 PM

2 child molesters in less than 2 weeks, and with both everyone says "HE WAS SUCH A GOOD GUY!" I don't know this guy but i did the other one. If he didn't do it, then the law will prevail and he'll be released, but if he did then he needs to be right where he is. It states there was enough evidence to prove something occurred then the "good guy" persona kinda goes out the window. If there was nothing questionable then he wouldn't be where he is. People have to face the facts. Whether innocent or not you have to have your day in court. To many times they are always worried about the person who committed the crime turning them in to the victims, but they aren't they are the ones who committed these acts and should be treated as such, but what about the person they committed the crime against. Enough already. I'm sick of hearing the "good guy" defense. So was John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Timothy McVey, and yet they committed the most heinous crimes in history....if he was such a good guy then why is he sitting where is now.....Yes i feel sorry for their families that now have to deal with these charges, but this person should have never put himself in the position where these accusations could be made. Enough already, good guy, bad guy....Everyone always says, "but he was sucha nice guy" yeah so was the son of sam! People wake up, there are preditors walking amongst us everyday and some of them are your nicest neighbors, get your heads out of the sand and start paying attention and get involved! Be vigilant in knowing who you live near and where your kids are. Everyone always has 20/20 hindsight after the fact. Open your eyes NOW! It's our neighborhoods and our children and even ourselves at stake here. Quit defending the preditors and start standing up for the victims......

-- Posted by cheeziette on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:25 AM

OK,so many sick people out here in today's world.After studying the criminal mind for a research paper,I just still don't understand how someone could touch a child like that.I don't think it will ever be known either.So why doesn't the state make these people get fixed or something.They really need to do something.It's getting out of control.God bless these children!They need all the protection and support they can get.

-- Posted by what_it's_worth on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 1:37 AM

i no joe and i feel this was just a misunderstanding he has been around my kids in the past and never did anything that he shouldnt of if the police department had true info why wont they tell the familys involved what they found why are they hideing the proof from the familys the child involved swears nothing happen and she doent understand why she cant see him any child that was molested wouldnt want to see the person who had done this to them i feel a big misunderstanding has been made there are 4 children involved who cant even go to school now because of threats because the brazil times published this with out all the facts i can see putting this in the paper after the investagation had been done and the court said he was guilty but the investigation is still on going and he hasnt even went to court i guess makeing kids suffer it better than waiting and getting all the facts right

-- Posted by disney on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 8:09 AM

i can not reveal alot about the case because it is sealed because she is a minor all i can say is the truth will come out soon and when it does i wil ask for it to be published in the paper so people will know the facts and they dont look at him as a child molester because the public does have the right to know how this came about sorry i cant give the facts but they will soon be revealed

-- Posted by bnnsho on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 8:27 AM

I have known Joe for a long time, and there is no way in heck that he would even atempt to hurt a child alone the four kids that aren't his but he steped in and treats like his own, sence they have been around one another for the past five years. I beleave if you know nothing about what is going on you should keep your mouth to yourself, because no one cares what you think. Joe is a very sweet guy, he would be the first to help anyone that needed it if he could. I think that everyone should think about how you would feel if that was you in there and you know that you did nothing wrong besides trying to be a good parent and then this happens, My heart goes out to the family of JOE be strong, the truth will come out and everyone will have to eat there words.

-- Posted by truthteller on Fri, May 23, 2008, at 9:35 AM

"During the investigation, Brazil City Police Det. Clint McQueen acquired enough information to arrest Short for alleged incident(s) of inappropriate fondling or touching of a juvenile and a separate incident of shoving the same juvenile."

Since when is inappropriate fondling or touching of a juvenile and shoving them mean that someone is "trying to be a good parent". The police must have enough evidence to hold him, so no one knows that he didn't do it.

Also, every time someone is arrested for child molestation people always say "he wouldn't hurt a child". It was said about hundreds of guilty people before and this is probably another instance of people who are close to him, not wanting to believe the truth. Like I said, the police must have something, or he wouldn't be in jail.

-- Posted by yaya1979 on Fri, May 23, 2008, at 1:57 PM


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