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The pen is the tongue of the mind.

Tonya Craft found not guilty of child molestation, dedicated to fixing a broken system

NEW YORK (CBS) Tonya Craft, the Georgia kindergarten teacher found not guilty of molesting three preschool girls, says that she is a victim of personal grudges and a broken legal system. But now that her two-year ordeal is over, she says she will dedicate herself to seeing that what happened to her doesn't happen to anyone else. "It's not about my story, it's about the kids' stories and what they go through in this," Craft told reporters at a press conference Tuesday in Catoosa County, Ga. She said that now her focus will be "other people who are falsely accused. And I'll do anything I can to help protect them and to help protect the children of the falsely accused."

Craft emphasized that her three accusers were as much victims of the past two years as she was, just not in the way that some people thought. Craft and her lawyers say the children, including her own daughter, were manipulated into making the allegations against Craft by mothers with whom she had had a falling out, according to an interview with "The Today Show" on Wednesday.

Craft says that the trouble began when two little girls were caught touching each other. Craft said that their outraged mothers punished the girls and demanded to know how they learned about touching each other. Under questioning, during which Craft says the mothers suggested her name to the girls, the girls eventually told the story about being touched by Craft at several slumber parties at her house, located in the northwest corner of the state, between Aug. 2005 and May 2007, according to the morning program.


Demosthenes Lorandos, one of Craft's attorneys, says those flames were fanned by a judicial system that was quick to condemn his client. Lorandos told reporters at a post verdict press conference that his client has had to endure a lot at the hands of a "corrupt judicial process."

"Sloppy interviews...ridiculous last minute falsified fraudulent evidence, [and] terrible interviews of children," Lorandos told reporters. "[Craft] endured it all. She will continue to endure it all."

Craft says that what she wants most is to be reunited with her two children, who she lost custody of when she was arrested in 2007. She was able to have brief supervised visits with her son, 11, but hasn't seen her daughter in over two years. That's because her daughter was one of the three girls who accused her, and testified in court against her.

"My own daughter. That was the absolute hardest thing I've ever experienced, because my job as a mother is to protect her," Craft told the Today Show. "There obviously was no anger toward her. It absolutely broke my heart to see that my daughter had been pretty much indoctrinated to believe things that weren't true."


CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - The juror tapped by his peers to speak on behalf of the group granted one television interview the day after the verdict. He spoke with Channel 3 Eyewitness News.

The juror, who works at a bank in downtown Chattanooga, told us of sleepless nights for all jurors. The juror, who did not want his name revealed, tells us that the jury was "absolutely unanimous, no division, no arguing, we were in absolute one accord."

The juror told Channel 3 that he and his peers were all "people of faith" and decided to pray each day and even prayed over the verdict before delivering it to the Court

He said that during deliberation there was never a time when all eyes were dry of tears. The juror said that at no time during the trial did he watch news coverage, read websites, or social media sites. He says his peer jurors said they did not either. In fact, many of the jurors talked about using their DVR to record favorite shows in order to fast forward through nightly news promos during primetime viewing.


I don't think there has been a post about this case at all here. My local news has basically lived and breathed the case for months. I had to include the interview with the juror because the praying bit flabbergasted me so much. Tbh, part of me feels like this case was tried in the media and not in court, but it may have just been the incessant local news stories about it.

Local News Coverage after the acquittal.
Today Show coverage of Craft taking the stand.
Tags: children, georgia (the state), law

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