Monday, June 8, 2009

Accused White County Sex Offender Makes Bond

A 53-year-old man from Doyle, Tennessee, is out of jail today after a judge agreed to lower the bond in his case. Selby Seals was arrested in May on 15 counts of child rape, 70 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, and 40 counts of aggravated sexual battery. Seals worked as a piano teacher, a tutor and a basketball coach, and for the past 14 years, had worked at Jongee's Gifts and Fine Furnishings. Officials said Seals abused multiple victims some younger than 13 years of age. But his friends say they believe the accusations came up because of a disagreement about money between Seals and the victims' family. His bond had been set at $2.4 million, but was lowered to $200,000 after a court hearing Monday, and officials say Seals made bond shortly thereafter.