Former county resident to serve 3 decades in prison for molest charge


A former Jackson County man who recently pleaded guilty to molesting a girl in 1999 received a 40-year sentence in Jackson Circuit Court.

Charley Hollin, 62, of Salem, Oregon, will have to serve the first 30 years of that sentence in prison after Judge Richard W. Poynter sentenced him Tuesday on the Class A felony charge. He will serve the remaining 10 years on home supervision with a GPS monitor.

The state dismissed a second charge of criminal confinement of a person less than 14 resulting in bodily injury, a Class D felony, as part of a plea agreement entered in February.

Poynter did not mince words when imposing the sentence.

“You deserve no mercy from this court,” he said as Hollin stared down at the table in front of him.

The sentence stems from an incident in 1999 when Hollin kidnapped a Seymour girl at knifepoint outside a youth club, molested her and left her naked on a county road near Cortland. Hollin threw her clothing out of the vehicle and she was later found and rescued by a passing motorist.

Investigators said Hollin was identified as a suspect from evidence collected at the scene, including a coat and a day planner that belonged to him and DNA evidence in the car, which also was recovered as evidence.

Hollin disappeared a little more than 16 years ago after being identified as a suspect. He fled first to Minnesota and then later to Oregon, investigators said. He also stole the identity of an 8-year-old North Vernon boy, Andrew David Hall, who died as the result of a wreck in Kentucky in 1975.

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation used various methods including a review of passport applications, Social Security earnings reports and photographs to find Hollin, who was arrested a year ago at his place of employment in Oregon. He was returned to Jackson County on March 15, 2017, and has remained in the Jackson County Jail.

“You’re not sorry or you would have turned yourself in,” Poynter told Hollin. “You’re sorry you’re sitting in this court room.”

The sentencing hearing, which lasted a little more than an hour, included testimony from the victim’s parents, Hall’s family, FBI agent Todd Prewitt and a member of Hollin’s family that said they had been molested by him as a young child. That was before the 1999 incident.

Prosecutor AmyMarie Travis also read two letters written by the victim. One from shortly after the incident in 1999 and a second that was written prior to the sentencing.

At the time, the victim said she used to feel safe, but he had changed that feeling and she became scared when she saw a vehicle like his or a man that looked like him.

She issued a warning to him not to come around her because she was taking self-defense courses and there were people that were watching out for her.

The most recent letter said she was still coping with the effects of the incident and still does not like to be alone whether she is at home, work or walking her dog.

Hollin blankly stared across the room or down during the testimony. He did shake his head when the family member testified against him.

He became emotional when he read a prepared statement where he described a life of regret, sorrow and pain before offering an apology to everyone involved.

“I’ve asked God to forgive me over the years,” he said as his voice shook throughout a silent courtroom.

Both the victim’s parents testified.

The mother stared at Hollin as she testified. She said she had recently spoken with her daughter and asked if she ever thought about Hollin. She described the response as “heartbreaking.”

“She said that not a day goes by that I don’t think about what happened to me,” she said, adding the incident changed the family’s life.

John Goodridge, Hollin’s attorney, requested a 40-year sentence with the final 20 years on home detention because Hollin did not want to die in prison. He said during Hollin’s time after the incident he was a law abiding, ordinary citizen and accepted responsibility by pleading guilty.

Travis responded by saying the victim has lived in prison since the incident.

“Your victim didn’t want to live in prison,” she said, adding Hollin was anything but a law abiding citizen. “You got your best years out, but justice caught up with you.”

Following the sentencing, the parents said there was some closure in that Hollin will be in prison.

“He will be in jail and he won’t do it again,” the mother said.

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