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Earl Sprague, the man convicted of 28 counts of child sexual abuse, received the maximum sentence today in County Court.

The 42-year-old Alabama man will spend 21 years in prison. He was found guilty in December of sexually abusing two children dating back to the late ‘90s.

Sprague’s defense attorney, Frederick Rarick, says Sprague still maintains his innocence, though he made no statement in court today. Rarick told media after sentencing that Sprague’s wife was able to get their children to go along with the storyline after she worried she would lose custody after a drug-fueled break-in.

“These allegations of abuse never came up until June 18, 2011 after Ms. Sprague had burglarized her best friend’s house. She had been on a drug binge for approximately a week. She snapped. She was taken to the hospital. She realized, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to lose my kids,’” he said. “There was evidence in the medical records when she was admitted to the hospital that she had reported recent abuse.”

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman offered a response: “Obviously the jury felt otherwise,” he said. “Twelve jurors decided unanimously beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of all 28 counts of sexual abuse for which he was convicted.”

Sprague was indicted in this sex abuse case on charges he arranged to have a witness against him killed, but the jury did not find him guilty of a solicitation charge.

Sprague has been indicted on more charges, but Friedman declined to detail more about that.

Rarick says he will file a notice of appeal.

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# carolineredbrook
Thursday, January 23, 2014 4:44 AM
Crimes against children are so heinous that accused pedophiles like Sprague, Sylvain Kustyan, Jerry Sandusky, etc. must be apprehended before they have years to continue to destroy young lives. Sandusky and Sprague are now safely behind bars. But unfortunately, Kustyan, who has been formally charged with two counts each of 1st Degree Sodomy and Sexual Abuse of a ten-year-old little boy, fled to avoid imminent arrest. Kustyan, formerly of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Hermin/ Mazingarbe, France, as an English teacher, has led numerous groups of schoolchildren on trips to the US, the UK and Ireland.. Pedophiles condemn their victims to a lifetime of emotional and psychological trauma and often permanent physical ailments as well. Since the average pedophile has 300 different victims in their lifetime and since the recidivism rate among pedophiles is virtually 100% and since there is no effective treatment and no known cure they must be stopped ASAP!
# Anonymous User
Thursday, January 30, 2014 4:44 PM
Earl Sprague Granted Approval for New Attorney for Second Trial

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