Skip to comments.Suspected child molester slain by victim's relative
Posted on 01/03/2010 10:41:08 AM PST by NCjim
Concord, N.C. The Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office says that a man charged with murder sought revenge on a man suspected of molesting his young relative.
WBTV, a CBS affiliate in Charlotte, reports that Christopher Michael Hartsell, 32, shot and killed William Lee Ballance, 47, in his residence in a small mobile home park early Friday.
Neighbors told WBTV that Hartsell had lived with Ballance, a convicted sex offender, until about a week ago. Around the same time that Hartsell moved out, rumors started that Ballance had molested a young relative of Hartsell.
On Thursday, the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office issued warrants for Ballance's arrest on sex-related charges, including first-degree rape of a child. Ballance was slain before they could be served.
More details of the case aren't being reported to protect the victim's identity.
Hartsell was being held in the Cabarrus County Jail Saturday without bond.
Ballance was sentenced to 20 months' probation for a 1998 conviction for taking indecent liberties with a minor in Guilford County, according to state Department of Correction records. DOC records show he also got probation in 2007 for possession of a firearm by a felon.
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If the convicted sex offender was in prison doing a life (or death) sentence then this would not have happened.
As much as I hate to see anyone taking the law into their own hands,this seems Ok.
Child molestors should never be allowed back into society anyways.
Agreed, there are other forms of justice. Sex offenders cannot be rehabilitated. That’s why you see so many old ones.
3) Shut up
Nowhere in there does it say "Sheriff".
Treat these people just like serial killers. Because they are serial.
20 months probation?
I'd need more than rumors.
the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office issued warrants for Ballance's arrest on sex-related charges, including first-degree rape of a child.
Hopefully they had more than rumors.
Yeah, just cap those 13 and 14 year old girls too huh?
They are classified as “sex offenders” as well. And so are people who get put on the list for peeing on the side of the road. Look it up.
I am glad people like you aren’t in charge.
Confusing. Sounds lie a bunch of hillbilly honkys.
Most have an emotional reaction and not a rational one.
I hope the guy who murdered the “suspect” (not guilty until proven guilty which protects you, me, and the rest of the innocent world from thugs who take the law into their own hands) gets the death penalty. IT IS NEVER OK TO KILL A SUSPECT FOR A CRIME HE HASN’T BEEN CONVICTED OF UNLESS HE MEANS YOU IMMINENT DANGER.
Please get over yourself. We aren’t talking about guys peeing on the road after a long night of getting their drink on (which I agree is an archaic law), or kids sexting. We are talking the most likely offenders, adult males who predate on children or commit forcible rape or sodomy.
The world ‘allegedly’ doesn’t appear once. Isn’t it standard practice to use it about a dozen times?
Yeah. Screw things like the right to trial by a jury of one’s peers. Cletus, fetch me mah rope. Yee Haw...
And the thanks of a grateful community.
These two men were “living together” ...so how long had they known one another and how well? Was this a case of ‘birds of a feather’?
I would like more information on this relationship between the shooter/killer and the molester/parolee before rendering a verdict.
The parents of the young victim must be going through a guilty hell.
Conventional wisdom says people released after serving time for sex crimes are likely to strike again. The numbers aren't as certain.
Among convicted criminals released from prison, sex offenders released from prison are less likely to be arrested for any new crime than most other offenders, with the notable exception of murderers, researchers say. Child molesters' rate of recidivism is at least as low as the group of sex offenders taken as a whole. Abusers of children within their own family have a lower rate still.
Sins, how many kids does a guy get to victimize until he gets the rope?
The “justice” he got may have been “imperfect justice” but it was justice. And if played well in front of a jury, may be justified.
If the court system did what it was supposed to do the first time, we probably would not be having this discussion. More than a few people think that the justice system has failed to protect the people by incarcerating dangerous offenders for extended periods of time. I am one of them.
If anyone here has been the victim of violent crime, it was most assuredly done by a repeat offender.
Anyone molests my children and the better HOPE the cops get him before I do.
And some victims never report what happened to them. A case I worked, the victim came forward TEN years after the rapes. The guy had all the indications of being a serial predator but was always able to convince the victims, who were family not to testify.
He did the same thing in my case. Victim daughter refused to testify.
Whatever the numbers, NO ONE wants these guys living by them or interacting with their kids.