A Pineville man scheduled to go to trial later this month on 12 felony sex charges is suing McDonald County Sheriff Donald Schlessman...and taxpayers will foot the bill for the lawsuit.
Jerry Don Chrisman, 34, is scheduled to go to trial Tuesday, Feb. 28, in McDonald County Circuit Court, on four counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child, two counts of child abuse, promoting prostitution, sexual exploitation of a minor child, and four counts of statutory rape, three of them, involving children younger than 14, according to court records.
Chrisman claims he has been traumatized by Schlessman and Deputy Don Ruby, whom he accuses of keeping him in a cell with no lights, taking their own sweet time about mailing his letters and sharing information from his correspondence with his lawyers with other inmates.
This is being done, Chrisman claims, because "the alleged victim of crime is Schlessman's family, putting the plaintiff in obvious danger of attack and injury at the hands of fellow inmates." Chrisman does not explain why his fellow inmates would be so happy to do the bidding of the sheriff who locked them up.
It apparently won't take much to alleviate Chrisman's trauma. He is asking that Schlessman and Ruby both be fired and that each of them pay him $1 million.
Chrisman received permission today to file as a pauper, meaning that taxpayers will take care of his legal bills.
According to published reports, Chrisman allegedly forced minors to perform sexual acts that were shown live on the Internet. The alleged victims were three girls and one boy ranging in age from 13 to 16, according to a KSN report.
A pre-trial hearing for Chrisman is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15.