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Two arrested on sex crime charges

One case involves 11-year-old victim

Posted: Monday, January 24, 2011 9:08 am

As the snow thawed two weeks ago, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office made two arrests related to sex crimes in the county.

On Jan. 12, David Anthony Tolbert, 32, of Monroe, turned himself in after warrants were issued for his arrest on charges of sexual battery, child molestation and two counts of cruelty to children. According to Walton County Sheriff’s Office Detective Daphne Tarver, the investigation was initiated after a 911 call was made on Dec. 27, the date the alleged incident took place. Deputies responded and met with the victim and family and brought them in for interviews, learning the suspect was known to the 11-year-old female victim. 

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  • IngramJuneBug posted at 1:28 pm on Thu, Mar 3, 2011.

    IngramJuneBug Posts: 1

    I've had the honor and pleasure of knowing David within our family and in daily dealings with a member of our family thru out his teen years and recently. i am sorry and sad to hear of this, but not being there at the time it was supposed to have happened, I know nothing of the truth of the matter. i hate to think he's been wrongly accused, but I hate it even more to even think it coud be true. I want to say it's Not, but have lived long enough to know our loved ones can do things we could never dream they'd be capable of doing! We think we know our loved ones, but do we truly know what is within their hearts or their minds? I love you David, as a Son...but I'd "like" to hear your side and what you have to say happened? I've heard nothing of this! I don't even know if you've been released on bail or not? Does anyone know if David's still in jail or if he's been released? Please let me know if anyone know's? Sorry for the child either way the truth may be...and Sorry for David if it's true...or even if it's Not true.

  • truthbetold1977 posted at 9:02 am on Fri, Feb 4, 2011.

    truthbetold1977 Posts: 78

    I truly hope this turns out not to be true. I will hold my judgment until all the facts come out. That being said , if either one of these gentlemen are convicted in a court of law then I will be the first to say "off with their heads" . There is no place in today's society for people who harm children. We know they can't be reformed so why try. Also, for someone to bring up Mr. Tolberts family and make those comments is not fair to the family. I hope you've never done anything wrong and had someone say "well he's/she's just like the rest of her family" I am sure if we look hard enough we can find bad apples in all of our trees.

  • MJwAsInNoCeNt posted at 8:31 pm on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    MJwAsInNoCeNt Posts: 1

    They would not have been able to file charges unless they had evidence. End of story.

  • roxy1980 posted at 3:26 pm on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    roxy1980 Posts: 5

    i agree totally with the situation being messed up 100 percent it is sad for david and the girl however truthseeker u stated you think he is guilty that fact of the matter is you dont know if he is or not it will take a long time for the girl and david to get thru this and i will support him and her for that matter i wish this had never happened either however i dont believe it is fair for david or the child to post something in the paper that has not gone to trail in the public eye it makes something that is possibly wrong bad on david and the girl either way i dont feel it is appropiate to make it public until the facts are proven and shown on both ends .the truth of the matter is things happen everyday and there has been several cases where people are accused for different reasons i hope that the help and support that is needed comes around and not be judged in the eye of the public

  • Truth Seeker posted at 9:18 am on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    Truth Seeker Posts: 5

    @ Roxy, I want to reiterate that I do indeed know David and I also know the accuser. I for one wish this had never happened to either one (either by the child's possible abuse or the possible false allegations to David), but the fact remains that the accusation has been put out there, and by that alone, I give total and 100% support to the child. I'll explain it to you in a simple matter so you and everyone else can understand.
    #1-If this allegations are true, this child is going to have a lifetime of pain to deal with knowing someone she trusted did something horrible.
    #2-If the allegations are shown to be false, this child will have a lifetime working on whatever issues caused her to make the allegations in the first place.
    Either way, this child has lost her innocence and her childhood. If anyone has a hard time understanding that, then they are in a bad way themselves.
    David on the other hand has serious charges leveled against him and if they turn out to be true, then he needs to be locked away for the entire time he will be sentenced for with no sympathy at all. If it is shown to be false, then he himself will have a shadow over his head. Either way, he is a grown man and should be able to take care of himself.

    As far as me not knowing the whole story, you are absolutely right, but I do know some of the story and not just from this article. If you reread my previous posts, you will plainly see that I do in fact know this guy. Not that that even matters, but just like you, Roxy, I have a right to my opinion and a right to speak my opinion on this article.
    And although you tell me "you never know what the outcome will be", I could say the same to you. How will you feel if in the end it turns out that the allegations are indeed fact? How will you feel knowing you didn't defend an innocent child?

  • roxy1980 posted at 8:16 am on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    roxy1980 Posts: 5

    i am supporting david and i am not ashamed to admit it at all did it ever cross your mind that he was directed to a lawyer(any smart person would have a lawyer to protect theirself think about it ) i also feel why would he willing turn himself in he could have ran and didnt they did not have to come after him at all it just shows he has nothing to hide. like i said before no one know nothing about this situation and the tribune posts and same on you truthseeker for placing blame on something you know nothing about or what you assumed happened . all i am saying is before making assumtions and accusing something that you know nothing about use ur head and research the possiblities before placing your judgement on someone you never know what the outcome will be plus truthseeker what are you going by a article that was posted in the paper have you talked to david himself? i didnt think so

  • PassingThru posted at 8:13 am on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    PassingThru Posts: 2

    The heck w/ David. David is a grown man and can take care of himself. I'm worried about this kid. She's either telling the truth or not, either way, it's a terrible thing to deal with for her. Only David, her and God know for sure. I want to say, "I hope this girl is telling the truth," but I don't. I hate the thought of an innocent child having to go through something so horrible. I want to say, "I hope that it's not true," but I can't because if it's not, aside from the fact that an innocent's man's reputation has been tarnished, but the pain that she will have to endure from that will also be terrible. I would really hate to know that someone could be so evil as to put their child through that over some stupid divorce. So either way, the outcome isn't good for this young lady.
    I don't blame the paper for the story they wrote. That's stupid. We, as a society, have the right to know that there may very well be a sexual predator out there. And yes, because of the story, we will be looking at him in a different light, cautious to let our children around him, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. And if David's innocent, I'm sure if he'd read this article w/ somebody else on it, he'd be cautious too.

  • Truth Seeker posted at 6:30 am on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    Truth Seeker Posts: 5

    I can't help but wonder....How many of you that are supporting David because you "know" him would do things differently if it were YOUR child making the accusation? Would you even take action?
    @Roxy, what part of his beliefs or morality kicked in to make him turn away from answering questions the police had for him? I happen to know him and have for an extremely long time and I can tell you that although these charges may very well be false (although I don't believe them to be) he should have manned up and answered the questions. I happen to know the child as well and if he had been a man at all, he would have answered those questions and been happy to do so. But he left and got an attorney before charges were even filed. Doesn't sound like he has a good morality based belief to me.

    For those that can't fathom the possibility that this child is telling the truth, I guess you have a psychic ability that no one else has. If he is innocent, then I will be happy he didn't scar this child for life, but if he's found guilty, then I will hold my head up and be proud that I stood by the child. Can the rest of you say the same?

  • roxy1980 posted at 12:54 am on Wed, Feb 2, 2011.

    roxy1980 Posts: 5

    ok so maybe if any of you know the man and know his beliefs and moral you would know how he is you would think differently however it is not to anyone to judge him based on what the walton tribune writes because be assured the entire story is not posted and if you want to call yourself as a great christian then you would know it is not christian like to make a judgment on someone that you dont know the situation and shame on you for doing it it is only up to god himself to judge us . so before pulling the entire i am a christian card maybe you should go back to church and study it a little longer before placing judgment and assuming you know everything

  • AlexLee posted at 2:19 pm on Tue, Feb 1, 2011.

    AlexLee Posts: 1

    Do any of you actually think just because someone is your friend for X amount of years, they can't have a dark secret? Seriously, you think this guy would look at you and say 'man, that lil girl looks hot'. Oh and I love the comment about living a clean life, go to Church and don't get "CAUGHT" alone with a child. So no one who has ever 'devoted' their lives to god has never been arrested on child molestation? There were quite a few in 2010 from our local area, moron. And are you seriously implying that it's ok to hang out with a little kid so long as you don't get CAUGHT? I know what you mean, you just sound like a moron. Finally, should the headlines read 'an innocent man has been charged with alleged child molestation' or should it just simply be what it is and you not pass judgement based on one side of the story?

  • MonroeDawgs posted at 12:27 pm on Tue, Feb 1, 2011.

    MonroeDawgs Posts: 26

    Of course someone is guilty until proven innocent in this case, bandit1, in your book: after all that's the good Christian way, right? Judge, accuse, and presume guilt, without letting any pesky facts get in the way right?!

  • bandit1 posted at 7:53 am on Tue, Feb 1, 2011.

    bandit1 Posts: 16

    Either guilty or innocent, the innocence of the child has been taken. Either by the man who "allegedly" did something horrible, or by another party that has filled the childs head with lies. You don't want to be accused, don't put yourself in situations to be accused. Go to church, live a clean life, don't be caught alone with a child of the opposite gender, etc. If you are a parent, your #1 priority should be to protect your child, so in these cases, you are guilty until proven innocent in my book.

  • MonroeDawgs posted at 2:02 am on Tue, Feb 1, 2011.

    MonroeDawgs Posts: 26

    Mr. Schwartz, not to nit -pick, but where is the "alleged" in the header. "One case involves 11 year old victim". No, maybe "one case involves potential 11 year old victim" or "one case allegedly involves 11 year old victim"? You are classifying the person as a "victim" when we don't know that a crime actually took place.

  • roxy1980 posted at 6:29 pm on Mon, Jan 31, 2011.

    roxy1980 Posts: 5

    i agree with truthbetold 100 percent and i hope that when all this is finished the tribune will reconize it and republish

  • truthbetold1977 posted at 2:46 pm on Mon, Jan 31, 2011.

    truthbetold1977 Posts: 78

    The Tribune has a habit of convicting people through their paper and their website before anyone has been to court. I can think of 3 cases in this last year where this has happened. In one of those cases I understand that the gentlemen will be having those charges dropped and he will be filing suit on the city. When the story broke though the tribune and many other media sites convicted that guy without even speaking to him. So we will see . My prayers go out to the Families of all those involved and to the Tribune. I will be around.[wink]

  • roxy1980 posted at 11:32 am on Mon, Jan 31, 2011.

    roxy1980 Posts: 5

    lets see i dont believe david has been tried and convicted has he he was just arrested for this to be posted on the front page is ridicoulous i feel unless he was proven guilty in a court of law it shouldnt be posted on the front page.i have known david for a long time and i can tell you i trust him with my life and my kids. living in a small town and having this being said and posted is horrible for him and i believe in my heart he is innocent and when this is over i pray that it will be posted in the paper to compensate what his family and himself has been dealing with unfortuanally people in small town just assume things and can not have a open mind that maybe this is a big misunderstanding and david will forever have issues and that makes me sick for him he is a stand up man. david and his family have my support thru the end .

  • Troubled posted at 9:44 pm on Sun, Jan 30, 2011.

    Troubled Posts: 3

    Oh I forgot to tell you that your beloved tribune did not post any article that showed the girl was lying on my child and that he was innocent, why is that?

  • Troubled posted at 11:13 am on Sun, Jan 30, 2011.

    Troubled Posts: 3

    Speaking as the mother of an individual who was wrongly accused and subsequently found innocent I can attest to the mental and emotional anguish that this man and his family are now going through, no matter what the outcome for this accusation, when and if he is found innocent, people like you will always have something to say. He will NEVER be able to do the things he once did and enjoy just being alive. His life will be ruined. All I can say is be careful what you do and say, you never know what the future holds for you and your family. At one time I thought this would never happen to mine. My thoughts and prayers are with this man and all of his family.

  • Troubled posted at 11:08 am on Sun, Jan 30, 2011.

    Troubled Posts: 3


  • Truth Seeker posted at 6:22 am on Sun, Jan 30, 2011.

    Truth Seeker Posts: 5

    @MonroeDawgs, in your first comment, you said you could "guarantee" he was not guilty of these charges and that to me is saying you are calling the child that is accusing him is liar. Please explain how you can guarantee that David is innocent. Were you with him at the time this was supposed to have happened? You said in your second post that I had it "backwards" about how the justice system works. You said that the burden of proof is on the prosecution and in any other case, I might agree. But in cases where sexual abuse are concerned, it is quite different. In most of the sexual abuse cases, the victims character is called into question and when the victim is a child, the parent raising the child morality is also attacked by the defense. This in itself is extremely damaging to a child. (self esteem, depression, guilt of even coming forward) To me, I would never put my child up to lying in court on someone with such devastating charges.
    I am not trying to say this is the case in all but definitely in most and with the way you were quick to point out it was the result of a "bitter divorce" proves my point. Automatically, you are saying the child is lying. If you think for one second, the defense won't say worse about and to the child and the childs parent then you are fooling yourself. I feel the concern for the child should come before anything else.

  • MonroeDawgs posted at 5:39 pm on Sat, Jan 29, 2011.

    MonroeDawgs Posts: 26

    @TruthSeeker...I would not discount allegations by a child, I would however discount allegations by a child that an adult encouraged that child to lie about. All I'm saying, let's hear some facts in the court proceeding. Where you are backwards is, you say "until it's proven in a court of law that the allegations are false". That's not how the justice sytem works. When a person is alleged, charged, and tried for a crime, the burden of proof is on the prosecution, not the defense. The allegers must show ample evidence that the crime did happen. Unfortunately, in our society, most are presumed guilty until proven innocent. Even when/if you are found not guilty, you can never get your name back. In this case, regardless of how it turn out, David Tolbert will always be a child molester, even if it never happened. If he did do it, I would be the first to admit I was wrong. I would be deeply dissapointed and disturbed. But no matter until the case is over, I will presume he is not guilty until proven otherwise.

  • Truth Seeker posted at 6:31 am on Sat, Jan 29, 2011.

    Truth Seeker Posts: 5

    @MonroeDawgs, although I can appreciate the fact that you want to stand by your friend, I have to wonder how you can discount the allegations of an 11 year old child. I also know David Tolbert and would like to think he wouldn't do this horrible action but at the same time, I give my total support to this child.
    You say this is all part of a bitter divorce, but isn't it possible this is the CAUSE of the divorce?? No one knows a persons soul or heart and NO ONE knows everything about a person or what goes on behind closed doors. I for one am giving the child in this case my support until it is proven in a court of law that the allegations are found to be false. Please remember that children depend on the adults to protect them. If we as adults fail at that, then we fail as a society.

  • Paul Finch posted at 3:45 pm on Thu, Jan 27, 2011.

    Paul Finch Posts: 651

    I would strongly advice against coming to any conclusions based on an arrest. Teenage girls can be awful people. Anyone who has ever raised one, especially someone else's, knows exactly what I'm talking about.

  • MonroeDawgs posted at 4:19 pm on Wed, Jan 26, 2011.

    MonroeDawgs Posts: 26

    well, bandit, when one of these "sickos" is found guilty of a crime we'll see. I don't know the Turner guy, but I've known David Tolbert all my life, and I will guarantee you right now, he is not guilty of anything related to his charges. The accusations on David are a result of a bitter divorce proceeding. The same thing happened to another person i went ti MACHS with, and it was a fabrication as well. The mother and soon to be ex-wife put her daughter(his step-daughter) up to saying that he molested her. It was all a lie, and the truth came out. I expect something very similar in Tolbert's case. All it takes is an accusation and a man's name is ruined forever.

  • bandit1 posted at 10:48 pm on Tue, Jan 25, 2011.

    bandit1 Posts: 16

    What is the jail time for these sickos? I hope a long time, there is no place for this in society.