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The former Alabama serving a 21-year sentence on child sex abuse charges is trying to arrange for a new attorney less than 8 weeks from a second trial on new charges.

Earl Sprague, 42, requested a new attorney for his upcoming trial at the end of March. He appeared in County Court this afternoon donning a green state prison jumpsuit. Judge Robert Noonan approved and assigned the case to the Public Defenders’ Office.

He’s facing eight more felony charges in the upcoming trial, including predatory sexual assault which carries a possible life sentence.

Sprague was convicted of 28 counts of child sex abuse in December. He still maintains his innocence on those counts.

It’s still undetermined who will actually be Sprague's attorney because public defender Gary Horton is retiring soon and William Tedford has four possible trials set up between now and April. He says it's a case with very serious charges that requires a great deal of preparation and research in a short time span.

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# carolineredbrook
Saturday, February 01, 2014 12:54 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!

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