Hannah, a police officer using a pseudonym, recently put a molester behind bars. Erlis Chaisson is no stranger to Hannah. Chaisson, a family member, sexually abused Hannah for four years back when she was just eight years old. Fifteen years after her abuse ended, she finally was able to put her abuser behind bars.
According to The Daily Beast, Hannah endured four years of abuse as a child. Chaisson would perform oral sex on her, rub up between her legs, and guide her hand up and down his penis. After graduating from the academy, she knew she had to put her abuser behind bars. Upon speaking with McLennan County Sheriff’s Detective Brad Bond, she decided to continue her case against Chaisson.
She devised a plan to obtain a confession from her abuser. She put a tape recorder in her bra and met with Chaisson. She armed herself with a gun and had another police officer nearby.
"He was talking like he was talking to his best friend," Hannah said. "Six times, he confessed—in the first hour and a half of that recording.”
Throughout the conversation, Chaisson spoke about how Hannah was “young and curious” and repeatedly blamed her and showed no remorse for his lewd behavior. He recalled times when he would cuddle up to her in the morning and scratch her back, but "always stopped...before [he] went too far." He claims that “lines got crossed [and]...emotions got mixed and misread.”
Hannah kept quiet through most of the conversation, but once interrupted to defend herself, saying, “I was so little. I don’t think it’s fair to blame an 8-, 9-, 10-, 11-, 12- year-old for that because it wasn’t my fault."
“You’d come into my bedroom, though, when I was asleep. That didn’t have to happen," Hannah added.
He replied saying, “I kept you a virgin, didn’t I?"
Unfortunately, Hannah was not his only victim. Before he walked into Hannah’s life, he was already a registered sex offender. He served time in Louisiana for two counts of molestation of a juvenile. That victim was also eight years old. He left jail in 1994 and a year after, started to molest Hannah. Prosecutor Gabrielle Massey said, “By all accounts, once a girl reaches puberty, he had no desire to molest them again.”
Chaisson was convicted of two accounts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency by contact. He was sentenced to life in prison and received two seven-year sentences.
"I felt like a weight lifted over my shoulders after I testified the first time," Hannah said. "I no longer have to hide the secret or bear the responsibility of it.”
Hopefully, Hannah’s determination has inspired other victims to seek their own justice and receive the closure she has.
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