This sounds like a corruption ring or something. The man was aquitted of a crime, but they are demanding his parental rights of his youngest son? And it also happened to a woman as well? This is insane!
By Webb Wright
[name withheld] is a Dade County businessman, part of a family-owned tire shop on Highway 301. He's also the father of three kids, who had his world shattered in May of last year.
"I would never ever do anything like this. I just want people to know that I'm a good person and I'm not what they made me out to be. I'm not a child molester, I'm a good person, I love my children, I love my kids."
This spring, the charge of an "immoral and indecent act" against a child was dropped by the District Attorney's office, in exchange for [name withheld] signing away the parental rights to his youngest son.
"I went through over a year of uncertainty not knowing what was going to happen to me not knowing if I was going to go to prison. Then I was faced with a decision if I just signed my rights away they would just drop it. If they had anything on me, if I had really molested my son, I don't think they would have dropped the charges like that."
Assistant District Attorney Len Gregor did not return our calls, but in a recent statement said the charges were dropped "based upon what is in the best interest of the alleged victim as expressed by his mother and psychologist, and upon termination of the defendant's parental rights."
"This torments me, every day, when I wake up in the morning, when I go to bed at night I'm tormented by this and I'll always be tormented by this. This decision to sign my rights away, I never ever will get over this. It's just so hard, it's just undescribable, words can't explain how this hurts inside," said [name withheld].
[name withheld]'s two other children continue to live with him...as he tries to get his life back together.
"Me and my two older children are just trying to get by the best they can. I just want everyone to know that this is not right, from what I was charged with, you know they should be a lot of investigating before someone is charged. I have not gotten to see my son in over a year and three months now. I love my son, I love all my children more than I can explain."
[name withheld] says he's also received support from [name withheld]. She was prosecuted by the same D-A's office in 2010. [name withheld] was acquitted of 22 counts of molestation in May of that year.