Man gets house arrest

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AIKEN - A 43-year-old convicted sex offender was put under house arrest Tuesday for the next five years after pleading guilty to charges that he assaulted a teen boy more than two years ago.

In exchange for a guilty plea, prosecutors dropped two of four charges against Richard Grey Mayson Jr., of the 300 block of Woldus Road in North Augusta.

He was sentenced to 10 years for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and three years for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which was suspended to the house arrest.

He was not prosecuted on the other two charges - kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct - filed against him after allegations surfaced in October 2004 that he sexually assaulted a teen boy who worked for him.

Solicitor Barbara Morgan said she was forced to offer the plea deal because of "substantial trial issues" relating to changes in state law:

- The state's new "Romeo Clause" means Mr. Mayson could argue that he thought the teen was of age because the boy's employment records indicated he was 19.

- State law would not have allowed her to introduce into evidence Mr. Mayson's prior molestation convictions, even if he took the stand in his own defense.

She said she also worried that the boy would be traumatized at trial.

The laws, she said, have presented her and other prosecutors with "serious problems."

During his house arrest, Mr. Mayson will be monitored electronically and cannot be around anyone younger than 16, even relatives.

He can go to the doctor and to church, Ms. Morgan said, but pretty much everything else is out.

"No birthdays, no Boy Scouts, no nothing," she said.

Mr. Mayson had pleaded guilty in 1994 to multiple child molestation charges in Greenville after being extradited from Mexico, where he fled for 11 months after his arrest on those accusations.

He served nine years of a 20-year sentence for molesting 10 young boys after plying them with alcohol.

He moved to Aiken County, and in October 2004, he was arrested on the new charges of sexually assaulting a Beech Island 17-year-old at his Woldus Road home after offering him a ride.

Reach Sandi Martin at (803) 648-1395, ext. 111, or sandi.martin@augustachronicle.com

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Reality
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Reality 03/21/07 - 03:42 am
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This piece of trash will be

This piece of trash will be molesting another boy as soon as he gets the chance. Way to go justice system. He should still be in jail for getting 10 young boys drunk and molesting them.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/21/07 - 04:49 am
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This is why there should be

This is why there should be an open season on child molesters. Our justice system seems to think an electronic monitor will protect our children. How can anyone {other then molesters} respect this type of system?

justus4
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justus4 03/21/07 - 04:50 am
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Justice Ha! Morgan needs to
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Justice Ha! Morgan needs to be replaced! How can she prejudge what the defense will do? This further erodes any belief that the system is working...

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 03/21/07 - 07:10 am
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Next year we'll read about

Next year we'll read about some poor little boy stuffed in a plastic bag and buried in his back yard. These guys don't change they progress into something worse. He won't think leave any witnesses next time. This is crazy to let this guy still be free, he should be someones girlfriend by now, getting what he gave. He's already done it before, what does it take to get these animals off the streets with our children?

amazed1
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amazed1 03/21/07 - 07:41 am
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With a history like his, how

With a history like his, how can you get off with just house arrest? This just does not make any sense at all. Put him in a zoo with the other dangerous animals.

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 03/21/07 - 07:45 am
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With laws and animals like

With laws and animals like this dude, I see why so many must resort to vigilante justice. We'll soon be reading about his "next victim"....I just pray this animal doesn't have the support and help of family like that animal in Glynn County did. In the name of all the victims, we must end this travesty and get rid of any lawyer, lawmaker or judge that does not protect our children. How can they look thier own children, grandchildren in the face? How can they sleep at night? This story made me ill. Our future is doomed.

getalife
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getalife 03/21/07 - 08:06 am
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I hope and pray not, but

I hope and pray not, but remember this monster' name and we will hear it again when he repeats this crime and another of our children are dead. How could any justice system allow a plea deal with a monster. It does not make sense in light of all of the examples we have seen in the recent news. Wake up Aiken justice system!!!!!!

AlvKel7
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AlvKel7 03/21/07 - 08:26 am
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it is hard to belive that we

it is hard to belive that we again failed to punish those who hurt our children. we read in the news paper every day about how they hunt and destroy those who we say we love, but fail to protect. god will judge us as a whole for this failure.

ibade
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ibade 03/21/07 - 08:30 am
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I want to know one thing, why

I want to know one thing, why didn't he serve all his first sentence? and another thing, are the prisons full that he can't be sent back? If he can be allowed to go to church he better get to the altar and ask God for forgiveness. Another slapp on the hand"Don't do that no more".

sweetpea
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sweetpea 03/21/07 - 08:32 am
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Child molesters should be

Child molesters should be castrated

Give it a rest
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Give it a rest 03/21/07 - 08:49 am
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House Arrest! How dare they

House Arrest! How dare they insult the citizens with House Arrest not a couple of days after that child was found dead along the coast and that animal Couey was sentenced.
This guy was a repeat offender! How dare they! Oh, yes, that's right, the liberals would let Jack the Ripper have house arrest if he'd cop a plea and say he'd never do it again.
Ths only thing that's good about house arrest is that the families of these poor angels he violated will know exactly where the monster can be located, incase they want to make him feel welcomed to the neighborhood! If it were my child, I'd be there with a cake and a sling blade!

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curly123053 03/21/07 - 08:54 am
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There has been way to much

There has been way to much plea bargaining with the Aiken County Solicitor's Office. I do not believe in "house arrest" for repeat offenders. I bet he is already planning how to over-ride his sentence and assault another child.
It might not be a bad idea to contact our state reps in the SC Legislature to look at toughening the laws so there would not be so much plea bargaining.

brownskin30434
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brownskin30434 03/21/07 - 09:00 am
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I can not believe this

I can not believe this individual is only getting house arrest. There should be a mechanism which allows prosecutors to appeal a sentence like this. This man has shown that even jail didn't keep him from re-offending. He can only go to the doctor and church. What church doesn't have children as members of its congregation? Most doctors also treat children.
I appreciate that the solicitor is concerned for the victimand the trauma of having to repeat his testimony on stand, but what about the trauma of knowing that his abuser is walking around free. What about the trauma his next victims are going to face when this monster molests again and he will. He's proved that! Maybe, I've watched too much Law and Order, but isn't there some way this man can be civilly convicted to a locked facility so that he will not hurt some other child?

babydoll1
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babydoll1 03/21/07 - 09:04 am
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You know I do not even

You know I do not even understand why there are "so called laws" they do not apply to everyone and they are mended and broken all of the time. If you ask me there should be one law for everyone, no matter if it is your 1st time or your 50th time if you break it everyone should get the same penalty

a2
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a2 03/21/07 - 09:17 am
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Her reasons for the plea

Her reasons for the plea bargain just don't make sense. "Romeo Clause"? What a stupid name.

WAG
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WAG 03/21/07 - 09:48 am
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What is she talking about. A

What is she talking about. A Romeo clause. what is this. A ridiculous thing when you are talking about children being molested. That clause needs to be changed.

NoGoodReason
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NoGoodReason 03/21/07 - 09:59 am
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His sorry [filtered word] should be

His sorry [filtered word] should be removed from the face of this earth. Just think atleast one of those boys will grow up do the same thing to another young boy and so on. Maybe if these men really had some thing to fear maybe they would think twice before they act. After all what have they got to loose ?? NOTHING, so why not ruin someone else life just to get your kicks. Seems to be the way of the world anymore and I'm SICK of it !!!!! If I catch something like that I'm not going to turn them in. I'm gonna turn them inside out instead.

CINDYLOUWHO
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CINDYLOUWHO 03/21/07 - 10:07 am
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maybe if they go ahead and

maybe if they go ahead and give them the death penalty and i don't mean let them wait for it, do it the day of sentencing then the jails wouldn't be so crowded. anyone who hurts a child should die bc they are innocent and in now ay shape form or fashion deserve these things

MyOpinion2
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MyOpinion2 03/21/07 - 10:42 am
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Wack it off then give him

Wack it off then give him house arrest.

billy123
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billy123 03/21/07 - 11:24 am
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I am sure there will be a

I am sure there will be a child molested, raped and then found dead in a trash bag at the hands of this predator. You know how it plays out folks, you seen the news, you know the history. House arrest, he is likely giggling and mocking all of us tax payers that keep wacko judges like this in the system. We have a serious problem people, it looks like the judges are in on the scam!

betterme706
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betterme706 03/21/07 - 12:07 pm
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this is starting to get out

this is starting to get out of hand with people who commit crimes against kids espically in sexual ways and then instead of putting them behind bars for 20 yrs or so they send them home i hope the next person that does something like this the parents of the child who it happened too takes it into there own hands and tortures the person til;l they die the law apparentally helps child molesters etc.. our court systems are no better then the ones that bush has our troops fighting for overseas he needs to get this country right on there court system i mean a drug dealer gets 10+ yrs and people choose to buy the drugs and a man (or woman) commits a crime against a helpless child and they get a yr or p.o or and sometimes house arrest or hey they can just parole out first come on what is this country we are living in

user3
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user3 03/21/07 - 12:39 pm
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when the next young boy or

when the next young boy or girl turns up dead and missing they will be looking for him and others who have recently gotten off on sex crimes againts underaged children. its a shame that a tragedy has to occur before people open their eyes.

peppernik
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peppernik 03/21/07 - 12:58 pm
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Hey Augusta Chronocle, I'd

Hey Augusta Chronocle, I'd like to be able to put a face to the name...How about you Aiken County?

CleverUserName
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CleverUserName 03/21/07 - 05:30 pm
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The Romeo Clause is what

The Romeo Clause is what they're calling a new South Carolina state law. Someone charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the state can use it as part of their defense if they reasonably believed the boy or girl was of the age of consent. Its aim was for those times when the victim lies about their age, i.e., a guy hooks up with a girl who says she's 21, looks 21 and is in a 21-and-over bar, but is actually say, 16. Don't like it? Call the state legislators. Barbara Morgan has to work with what she's got.

ss
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ss 03/21/07 - 06:27 pm
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I can't believe this person

I can't believe this person is on house arrest. I live in the general vicinity--several miles away thankfully--I agree that Barbara Morgan isn't to blame, it's our stupid laws that seem to protect the guilty instead of the innocent. We should all write to our representatives to have these laws tightened.

I'm curious, this teenager worked for the molestor. What type of business does he own and will he continue to operate it while on house arrest? What's to stop him from doing this again to another "employee" who may say he's over 18 or assaulting an adult?

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 10/14/09 - 10:49 am
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Maybe extesnive shock therapy

Maybe extesnive shock therapy could alleviate this man's sexual problems. The Electric Chair and a few thousand volts of electricity should take care of the problem--permanently.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/14/09 - 12:32 pm
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