A Sonora man was sentenced last week, during a high drama hearing, to 12 years in state prison for molesting his 12-year-old foster son.
Supporters of convicted Teddy Ray Beach, 48, booed as he was ordered to place his hands behind his back at the Tuolumne County Courthouse, having his hands shackled by deputies.
“Ignorance!” they shouted.
The victim, identified in court papers as John Doe, also had friends and family at the sentencing. His brother was held back by others when he assumed a fighting position and retorted, “You have something to say about my brother — let’s go outside!”
Bailiff Keith Schertz called the room to order, saying “Not in my courtroom!”
The victim, now 25, shook his fists and swore at Beach as he left the courtroom. The remaining parties exited without further incident.
The victim reported last July he had been in the Beach home from December 1999 to November 2000. He told Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies he was 12 at the time and was continuously molested by Beach over that period and an investigation ensued.
Deputy District Attorney Eric Hovatter said Beach confessed during the investigation to molesting the victim.
During the trial, however, he said he didn’t remember a confession due to a failing memory.
He was convicted by a jury of molestation on May 12, and had been out of jail on electronic monitoring until the sentencing.
For the complete story, see the June 10, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.