Plylar was convicted of one count of first-degree rape of a child under the age of 12 and three counts of first-degree sodomy on a child under the age of 12. He was found not guilty on one additional sodomy charge and one additional rape charge, although he was found guilty of the lesser included charge of sexual abuse of a child on the rape count.
Judge Jerry Selman, who called the charges “despicable,” sentenced Plylar to four consecutive life sentences and an additional 20-year sentence to also be served consecutively.
The jury, comprised of six men and six women, deliberated approximately an hour before returning the verdicts.
Testimony in the trial stretched over three days and included state forensic computer experts, a pediatrician who conducted a sexual assault exam on the victim and several additional alleged victims who said Plylar also abused them in the same manner.
After the verdict, Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair praised the jury for their careful and thoughtful consideration on each of the charges and each piece of evidence presented, as well as
Adair also had high praise for the assistant district attorneys who tried the case, Matt Dougherty and Alana Sewell, as well as investigator Jim Underwood.
He also expressed appreciation for the victim and other alleged victims who testified in this case.
“I’m very proud of these victims who have come forward at great personal risk,” Adair said.
One witness was allegedly threatened outside the courtroom Monday, leading to greater security on Tuesday.
After the alleged incident on Monday, Selman ordered the intimidator to be removed from the courthouse and not to return.
A sheriff’s deputy spotted the young man at the courthouse again on Tuesday and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest for contempt of court.
Adair said he expected to file felony charges against the man, after reviewing the evidence.
This case took some time to go to trial, all the incidents occurred in or before 2002. Adair expressed relief at finally being able to finish this case and get justice for the victim, who is now 21 years old.
“The years of abuse that this man inflicted on children has finally come to an end,” Adair said.
The district attorney also praised Selman for working to clear the backlog of older cases by taking on three consecutive jury trials during this trial cycle, a feat Adair said he had never seen.
“The people of Walker County need to know that Judge Jerry Selman stepped up to the plate,” Adair said. “This is the first time I can remember seeing a circuit judge take on three jury trials back-to-back-to-back. We are focused on clearing this backlog and getting justice for the victims.”