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Alleged rapist changes mind

Friday, May 30, 2008

Larry J. Sharps
Within minutes prior to entering a formal plea agreement of guilty in Clay Superior Court Friday morning, an alleged rapist threw several proverbial "monkey wrenches" into the justice system of two counties.

Larry J. Sharps was scheduled to stand trial June 9 on four felony charges in connection with his alleged involvement in an abduction and rape case originating in 2007.

Sharps signed a negotiated agreement between the Clay County Prosecutor's Office and his Defense Attorney Geoffrey Creason on Tuesday. The Vigo County Prosecutor's Office, which was making arrangements for their charges against Sharp to be filed in conjunction with this plea agreement, were also involved in the negotiations.

On Friday, Sharps told Judge Blaine Akers that although the signature on the document was his, he was unsure about signing it because he was "uninformed" about some of the evidentiary details of the agreement.

"I've not had an opportunity to see it all and I signed it without proper knowledge," Sharps said. "I've not seen my attorney. I don't believe he is incompetent, just overworked."

After requesting new counsel, which was denied, Sharps then went on to request a psychiatric evaluation or some type of counseling to determine if he was "correctly diagnosed with bi-polar" or if his "emotional problems stem from prior Methamphetamine use."

Akers told Sharps that counseling could be part of a sentencing recommendation, which would be reviewed by the Indiana Department of Correction to determine the best way for Sharps to receive the proper treatment.

Sharps then wanted to file a motion for a change of venue for the upcoming trial.

Because of Sharps' numerous requests, Akers denied the negotiated plea agreement.

"I will not force you to do this," Akers said. "But this matter will be expedited Mr. Sharps. I won't let this sit on the back burner because it is in the best interest for all of the individuals involved that this matter be resolved quickly."

With the anticipation that Sharps would admit to some or all of the counts in the plea agreement and sentenced accordingly, Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger and Chief Deputy Prosecutor Kim Jackson, who were both in the courtroom, were obviously stunned. Officially withdrawing the potential for future plea agreements, Reberger said, "The State will proceed in this matter and charge Mr. Sharps with all five charges in this case."

Due to the pending trial, both Reberger and Jackson will be unable to make further comment on the case. Plea agreement details were sealed to protect the integrity of the potential upcoming jury pool and will not be made public due to the jury trial, which will be set after reviewing court schedules.

On Oct. 18, 2007, Sharps allegedly abducted a woman from her Terre Haute residence while threatening her with a knife and then drove her to Brazil, where she was sexually assaulted at a residence on North Sherman Street.

Released from prison in February 2007, Sharps was on parole and registered as a lifetime "sex predator" for a previous conviction for criminal deviate conduct on the Indiana Sheriff's Association Sex and Violent Offender Registry.

Sharps is facing a class A felony charge of criminal deviate conduct, a class B felony rape charge, a class C felony charge of criminal confinement and one class C felony of sexual battery. Due to his extensive previous criminal history Sharps was also charged as being a habitual offender.

According to officials, Sharps remains incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center on $250,000 cash bond.

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Larry Sharps is a predator who needs to be put away for the rest of his life, too bad these cases are not eligible for the death penalty. This is not the first young lady he has brutalized and if he is ever let out she won't be the last.

-- Posted by sceptic on Fri, May 30, 2008, at 9:59 PM

i agree i know one of the persons involved(yes there is more than 1) i say castorate him and all other rapists for that matter.

-- Posted by shanbilly on Fri, May 30, 2008, at 11:02 PM

The Dept Of Corrections has a new prison being used in the old Plainfield prison. It is primarily sex offenders and there are medical treatments, tests, etc. designed to rehabilitate sex offenders. I have a friend who is a guard there and he informed me that if they are not proven rehabilitated then they are not allowed to be released. I think this type of punishment would serve wisely in this case. Too many sex offenders are sitting behind bars for ridiculously short time frames in comparison to non-violent crimes. This is what I consider a huge injustice in our justice system.

-- Posted by gingersnap13 on Sat, May 31, 2008, at 1:03 AM

I agree with sceptic.

My daughter was his first victim and we said at that time she would not be his last. Our prediction at that time was correct. At that time we were so thankful that he only brutalized her and had not killed her. She still has nightmares resulting from Sharps brutalization on 8/4/1994. Nearly, fourteen years later. His trial ended in a hung jury and later he entered a plea of quilty.

I don't believe that his second victim actually had physical contact with him 12/28/1999. That was within a year from the time he was released from jail. At that time he was accused of stalking three women and threatening to rape or kill one of them.

The third victim wasn't as lucky as the second victim. It is a miracle that she is alive today. She and her family are now experiencing the hell that we endured for nearly a year.

Sharps knows how to play the game. If and when he is released into society, I pray for his next victim. She probably is very young now or perhaps hasn't been born yet.

Please "Judge" don't go "easy" on this monster.

-- Posted by Sharma on Sat, May 31, 2008, at 10:36 AM

What the heck does a "special" prison do for these monsters? I firmly believe that there is NO such thing as rehabilitating a sex offender! Putting them in prison does one of two main things.... it either shocks them to think about what they do before they do it and possibly never do it again, or makes them more hardened and sneakier at their game. When you label their "treatment" as rehabilitation, you are basically saying that you are going to slap them on the wrist, over therapy them (all the while their victims are just s**t outta luck in most cases where therapy is concerned) and under punish them (let them out early). Anyone can say I am rehabilitated or say whatever other people want to hear. I think that putting these monsters in general population in a prison, might teach them that there are consequences to their actions, or maybe some other type of punishment (according to the victim) should be used. I mean why is it that someone addicted to drugs can go to rehab and be rehabilitated, but still be considered to be an addict ("once and addict, always an addict") but we let these offenders out all willy nilly after serving less time than a drug offender's sentence? Something is wrong here, and always will be until people get tired of it and makes it change!

-- Posted by Southernized on Sat, May 31, 2008, at 12:31 PM

Rehabilitation should include castration.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Sat, May 31, 2008, at 5:07 PM

Hopefully Judge Akers, it will not be someone you love as his next victim. I know you have to make your decisions within the confines of the law, but he is a danger to Brazil, and all the ladies that live here. Please don't give in to a weak plea deal just so we don't have to go to trial. He deserves the maximum, regardless of Bi-polar, or meth addiction.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sat, May 31, 2008, at 8:27 PM

Im the sister of Sharp's first victim. I've always said after the 2nd victim, that he would most likely kill the next victim. The current victim is very very lucky. The public does not know all the details and the only thing I CAN tell you is he is definitely a serial rapist and a soon to be killer. If the current victim had not escaped, I honestly shudder to think what the outcome had been and we are so thankful she is here and alive. Even though Sharps has not murdered, (that we know of), if he is released, it will happen. He will make sure his next victim does not talk. If Indiana was California, he would be on the three strike law. Unfortunately this will not apply. I am so heavily concerned if he gets released again someday, that I am so scared for the next victim. and I am being so honest and scared for whomever will have to go through this again and the price will burden the next victim's family in the future. It is very upsetting to our family and to my sister, the first victim, to know that this is a very good possibility. Sharps had every opportunity to make good of his life, and had everything going for him, when he was released. Everything. But---obviously he still has serious problems, and I just cannot forsee that he can ever rehabilitate. and Im one of those people that normally believe in giving people chances. But for him, I would like to believe Im wrong, but I don't believe it. I just hope the justice system makes the right decision and that blood will not be on their hands in the future.

-- Posted by CricketWoman on Thu, Jun 5, 2008, at 7:08 AM

I hope he has a big guy named Bubba in his cell that puts something in his butt.


-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Fri, Jun 6, 2008, at 11:33 AM

Give him his fair trial, if they find him guilty, put him out of society and let the good lord decide what to do with him. :)

-- Posted by JustinH on Fri, Jun 6, 2008, at 2:30 PM

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