Sex Offender who escapes jail time speaks to WAFF 48 Investigators

Sex Offender who escapes jail time speaks to WAFF 48 Investigators

A Huntsville man will not receive any jail time after he sexually abused three of his adopted children.

WAFF 48 Investigator Jeanie Powell and her photographer are very familiar with the law when it comes to sex offenders, especially since they oversee WAFF 48's To Catch a Predator.

They spoke with the man himself.

Because of his guilty plea, Jerry Wayne Love is now deemed a convicted sex offender.

His four adopted children have been placed in other homes.

Because our first priority is protecting the victims involved, we chose not to air a good portion of our discussion.

Love says, "I'm an ordained elder... My wife and I are foster parents.  We were Fosters Parents of the Year, 1999, we'd been taking care of kids."

In a Madison County courtroom Love pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three of his adopted children.

But the abuse wasn't just a one time occurrence.

Love had 10 counts of sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse against him, but all of those charges were dropped in exchange for a guilty plea.

Jeanie asked Love, "Why did you plead guilty?"

He responded, "Because it was a plea deal and it was a choice.  My attorney said the odds of getting a fair trial by jury here was going to be very little.  Once it came between and adult and children I had little or no chance."

Judge Karen Hall sentenced love to 15 years on each first degree sodomy charge, but went with the prosecution's recommendation.

Love will only serve five years probation, and is ordered to complete the two year North Alabama Sex Offender Group Treatment Program.

Love says, "No, I don't feel ok.  I'd be a fool. I'm innocent."

Jeanie asked, "Did you serve any jail time?"

He responded, "They arrested me back last year and I served two weeks, four days, 12 hours, and some odd minutes."

The supervisor over the state probation and parole office tells WAFF 48 News Love has to report into their office in person every month.

He can't get any new offenses, and could be subjected to drug testing and home visits.

Investigators say his terms also mean he must adhere to Community Notification laws.

That means no living less than 2000 feet from a school or daycare.

Love cannot have children, even his own, living in his home.

The sex offender must register with Huntsville Police twice a year.

Investigators have already made one appointment.

Dr. Frankie Preston oversees the treatment program and hopes assignments like interaction in group settings with other offenders will allow patients to take responsibility for what they did and not do it again.

Preston says, "The best thing we can do is try and manage any of the stressors or risks that might increase the probabilities that this problem would surface again."

Agencies hope that the most important people in these cases, the innocent victims, can find the help and road to recovery they need to overcome something they never deserved.

We contacted the district attorney's office several times to get more information about this sentencing.

We were told a statement wouldn't likely be released until Wednesday.