Sheriff Accepts Plea Deal In Teen Rape Case

A former western North Carolina sheriff has pleaded guilty to reduced charges related to sexual incidents 20 years ago with underage girls.

Former Polk County Sheriff Chris Abril accepted a plea deal shortly after his trial began Monday in Waynesville. The Times-News of Hendersonville reported he pleaded guilty to solicitation to take indecent liberties with a minor.

He resigned as sheriff on Sunday.

Abril was charged in 2006 with five counts of statutory rape and one count of sexual offense related to incidents involving a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl. Abril has denied the allegations.

On Monday, an agent with the State Bureau of Investigation testified that a 12-year-old girl told authorities in 1989 that she and Abril had intercourse three times.


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  • by TKO Location: NC on Nov 18, 2008 at 05:35 PM
    NC State LE has had some hard hits with misdoings not being caught. Isn't there some kind of back ground check they do before hiring LE? If they do how do these people get through the cracks,is it a crap shoot process? Look at Hayden under investigation for 36yrs and nobody caught it? Just curious.
  • by Kim on Nov 18, 2008 at 09:34 AM
    Plea deal my foot. He should be at Raleigh Central just like all the rest of the child molesters.
  • by C on Nov 18, 2008 at 02:14 AM
    Mark, I'm right here. Re-read my original posts. I never said you were wrong. I simply said that he deserved a fair trial [which he got] and that if he were guilty he should be punished [which he will]. I also said that he deserved the benefit of the doubt like anyone else should get. So, you were right..and so was I.
  • by Same Standards Location: NC on Nov 18, 2008 at 12:20 AM
    If this was a teacher you all would be saying remove him from the classroom until the situation has been cleared up. I don't see how this case should be any different. This should of been handled in 1989.
  • by Mark Location: Washington on Nov 17, 2008 at 06:55 PM
    Where is C??... was I right??
  • by ACE on Nov 17, 2008 at 02:47 PM
    Yes he will get to keep his retirement
  • by JohnLloydScharf Location: Salem, Oregon, USA on Nov 17, 2008 at 12:55 PM
    I wonder if he was allowed to keep his retirement?
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Nov 17, 2008 at 09:45 AM
    We are not a Socialist/Communist run state yet. Innocent until proven guilty. I was charged with a crime that I did not commit. It took 369 days to be found "not guilty". During that time, my employer, my church, my own family treated me as guilty. When the truth came out, the damage to me and my children had been done. Again, innocent until proven guilty.
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Nov 17, 2008 at 07:33 AM
    Well,I responded to So there/Ungrateful. I thought it was ok.. I guess not. Let me try that again. I know officers that have gotten tickets, went to court, found guilty, paid fines. I know officers that have written other officers tickets. It happens. Uh, was not trying to accuse you of saying that ALL go into LE for authority. That would be kind of dumb since the laws change constantly to protect the criminals. We don't have as much authority as people think. I forgot what else I said. Something about probably not being on a pedastal, but definately held to a higher standard, but I guess either way, it rubbed somebody wrong. I was nice and respectful though.. Gah.
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Nov 17, 2008 at 06:50 AM
    Oh, and when I say people have a higher opinion of us than we have of ourselves, I'm saying that we are aware that we are human, and sometimes don't make the best decisions. Just like other people in every other profession. We have to make "judgement calls" all the time, and what I believe to be good judgement may not be what somebody else would believe to be good judgement. And in case you guys missed it in my original post, I did say that if this guy is guilty, he needs to pay for it, and I believe that with my entire being. People in LE aren't perfect.Like C said, wrong people do get in,& honestly, if he did it, idk how he ever became sheriff. He shouldn't have. This must be what Obama 08 4 prez felt like! HaHa!
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