MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A man convicted of sodomizing two young girls remained free on Wednesday as he awaits an appeals his conviction.
Metro Jail records show Sherman Tate was released on bond on March 8, just 15 days after a judge sentenced him to eight years in prison for sodomizing two young girls.
The sexual abuse happened while Tate was working at the Strickland Youth Center as a mentor to troubled youth.
"Personally, I think he should be in jail," Niki Patterson said.
Patterson, an assistant district attorney, prosecuted the case.
"I was not consulted about him being given bond, about him being released. So, I honestly don't know the conditions of the bond," Patterson said.
We wanted to find out about the conditions of Tate's bond, so we asked his lawyer, Jeff Dean.
"Does he have an ankle monitor that he's required to wear? No. He's out on bond, and he has that right to be out on bond while he's appealing what he feels, and what I feel, was a wrongful conviction," Dean said.
Still, there are accused sex offenders who haven't gone to trial, but are required to wear ankle monitors.
Judge John Lockett granted the bond in Tate's case. We wanted to asked Judge Lockett why an ankle monitor was not considered in Tate's situation, but we were told judges are not allowed to comment on pending cases.
Though Dean calls Tate's being found guilty a wrongful conviction, it is still a conviction.
"That's what happened in their case. It didn't happen in this one. Every case is different… You have a guy that's done a lot for this community," Dean said.
The mother of one of the victims has a different opinion. She thought Tate was headed to prison after his sentencing. That's when she told FOX10 News.
"It's been a long haul. The longest two years. We had to endure this and, as a mother, I wouldn't wish this on anybody," she said.
There don't appear to be many restrictions on Tate's bond, but there is at least one. He did have to register as a sex offender.
"He has to be registered and comply with the terms of the registration. So, he is restricted to a certain degree in where he can reside, and in what he can do in terms of employment," Patterson said.
That may be the most Patterson can hope for during the appeal process which she said could take up to three years.
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