Crime & Courts

Woman relieved molester will stay in jail

Elizabeth Tally waited anxiously day after day, feeling dread, feeling angry.

Then last Friday, the 29-year-old Wichita woman got the news she wanted to hear.

After months of worrying, Tally learned that the Kansas Parole Board denied parole for Charles F. Anderson. He will not be considered again until March 2013.

Anderson, 61, has been convicted of sexually abusing Tally — repeatedly and systematically — when she was a child.

Anderson remains at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility.

After getting the word from a victim services official with the Kansas Department of Corrections, Tally could let her fears go.

"I can sleep at night."

Tally, a mother of three, said she has told her children some things about the situation.

"They do know... this man was really, really mean to Mommy, and Mommy doesn't want this man out so he can hurt somebody else," she said.

"I didn't realize how scared (I was) or how much he could intimidate me until he came back in my life" because he was eligible for parole consideration.

In March, Tally stood before the Kansas Parole Board and urged the panel not to grant Anderson parole. During a public-comment session, she read details of the charges against Anderson.

She described Anderson, a man she knew as an uncle, as someone who manipulated her, put her in sexual poses and took Polaroid pictures of her for his satisfaction.

Tally says she wanted her name and her case to be known publicly so she could help raise awareness of sexual abuse of children —"and let people know it's usually not a stranger."

Anderson has been in prison since 1995, convicted of 12 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, four counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of attempted rape.

The crimes for which he was convicted occurred from 1992, when Tally was 11, to 1994. But Anderson committed other crimes against her when she was younger and carried out other crimes for which he was not convicted, she said.

In her gut, Tally said, she thought Anderson might be granted parole because the board might sympathize with him because of his age and the amount of time he has spent in prison.

She feels it's only right that he not get freedom as soon as he might want.

"He took a piece of my life away," Tally said.

To her, the board's decision means he will lose another part of his life.

Even if the board eventually grants Anderson parole, before he would be freed he would first have to serve a 34-month sentence in prison for one of the convictions, which could be reduced if he earned credit for good behavior, said Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Miskell.

Tally has a goal between now and the next Parole Board decision on Anderson: working to establish a "rehab house" for sex offenders to help them not to commit new crimes.

Meanwhile, Tally is enjoying her good news about Anderson.

Because of him, she lost part of her childhood. After she got the word from the Parole Board, she went to Worlds of Fun to celebrate.

To "be a kid again," she said.