A woman who was sexually abused as a child has revealed how she grew up to join the police and arrest him for his crimes.
The officer, identified only using the pseudonym Hannah, says that she was sexually abused by Erlis Joseph Chaisson for four years from the age of eight.
And now she’s seen the 47-year-old put behind bars for his crimes for at least 42 years – after she recorded his whole confession on tape.
The 27-year-old, who lives in Waco, Texas, said she had always wanted to be a detective, and she had one thing in mind when she left the officer training academy.
It was kind of, ‘If he’s going to talk, he’s going to talk’ – how do I prove it?” she told the Daily Beast .
I thought to myself: I’m the difference between him and prison.”
During a meeting with Detective Brad Bond from McLennan County Sheriff department, Hannah revealed in detail the horrendous abuse she had suffered at the hands of Chaisson when she was a child.
She then planned a meeting with Chaisson, which she attended with an audio-recorder inside her bra, a gun and fellow officer was close by in case she needed back-up.
Although she admits her “heart was racing”, it worked, and in half an hour, Chaisson had admitted what he had done six times.
He repeatedly, Hannah says, tried to put the blame for the crimes onto her, using phrases like “it takes two” and telling her: “I’d be laying on the couch and then you got that look in your eyes.”
During the confrontation, Hannah told Chaisson that she was too little to have responsibility.
I kept you a virgin, didn’t I? Chaisson responded.
Sweetheart, you was young and curious, and I was old enough to know better but too young to care. That’s the only way I can say it.
The jury in McLennan County’s 19th District Court was played the recording during Chaisson’s trial last month.
The prosecutor reported that Chaisson was already a registered sex offender who had been imprisoned in Louisiana for molesting a juvenile – who was also eight years old – when he started abusing Hannah.
The abuse stopped when Hannah was 12, and she told the jury in Chaisson’s case that she had been affected throughout her life and relationships, and she knew she had to protect the public as an officer.
Jurors convicted Chaisson of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency by contact, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald .
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