This woman, who is using the pseudonym Hannah, suffered years of abuse. But she didn’t let that stand in her way. She grew up to become a police officer and confronted her abuser, Erlis Chaisson. This was no ordinary confrontation, though, she had told her colleagues about Chaisson and they set up a sting operation. Check out the result.
The woman told Chaisson she was in therapy and needed closure, but he insisted they meet in person so he could give her his side of the story.
Armed with her gun and a recorder hidden in her bra, she sat down next to him on a park bench in Granbury.
She asked him to talk about the abuse he inflicted on her over a span of four years. She asked Chaisson, now 47 years old, whether he was sorry for what he did.
“I mean, I understand you’re — you’re putting , trying to put all the blame on me,” Chaisson is heard saying on the recording. “Lines got crossed. Our emotions got mixed and misread. Didn’t mean for none of it to — to go as far as it did.”
He told her there’s really no explanation for his actions, but “if you had a penis, you would know.”
Over the course of their hour and a half talk, Chaisson repeatedly implicated himself and confessed to the abuse six times. But he repeatedly blamed her for what he did.
“It takes two,” he said. “I’d be laying on the couch and then you got that look in your eyes. I’d pull the covers up and you’d come run in and jump under there and back up all the way to me.”
“I don’t think it’s fair to blame an 8-, 9-, 10-, 11-, 12-year-old for that because it wasn’t my fault,” she said. “You’d come in my bedroom, though, when I was asleep. That didn’t have to happen.”
“I kept you a virgin, didn’t I?” said Chaisson. “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.”
At Chaisson’s trial last month, the woman testified against him and said the years of abuse had become a “deep, dark secret” she hid away for 17 years.
Prosecutor Gabrielle Massey said most people knew what Chaisson had done and what he was capable of when he got out of prison in the ’90s, but “nobody protected children from him.”
Massey told The Daily Beast that it’s unusual, even for a sex offender, to show no remorse and to talk as openly as Chaisson did with his victim.
It was a risky move for her to meet with him, Massey said, but it paid off.
After the recording was played during the trial, jurors convicted Chaisson of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency by contact.
He was sentenced to life in prison and was also given two seven-year sentences.