An Ormond Beach man, accused of molesting a 7-year-old boy, pled no contest on July 7 to lewd and lascivious molestation of a child. Chad Spears, 33, will spend the next 25 years in a state correctional facility, according to a statement from the state attorney’s office.
He received a mandatory 25-year sentence, meaning he must serve all 25 years. Prosecutors agreed not to seek a life sentence after consultation with the victim’s family and in consideration of the well-being of the victim, the statement said.
"The plea will spare the child victim from having to relive the most traumatic event of his young life in a deposition," Assistant State Attorney Heatha Trigones said. “Had the case gone to trial, the victim would have had to appear in court, testify, and be subject to cross examination as well as preparing for all of those events."
During an interview with law enforcement, Spears admitted to molesting the young boy.
Spears will face a lifetime of sex offender probation upon release, and will be required to wear a GPS ankle monitor and register as a sex offender. He will also be screened for involuntary civil commitment under the Jimmy Ryce Act.
Spears will never be allowed to have unsupervised contact with children for the remainder of his life.
Trigones expressed her appreciation to Detective Tom Larsen of the Ormond Beach Police Department for his dedicated work in the investigation.