Mother gets 7 years for cover up in molesting case
Saturday, September 28, 2013 5:00 AM
A Madison woman was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to conspiring to get a pending child molesting case against her boyfriend dismissed.
Tasha Brantley, 31, pleaded guilty to charges including assisting a criminal, a Class C felony; conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice, a Class D felony; and false reporting, a Class A misdemeanor.
Brantley contacted police after her daughter, who no longer lives in Indiana, claimed she had been molested by Isel Gonzales, 33, Brantley's boyfriend.
Officers obtained an arrest warrant for Gonzales but when they went to the residence, Brantley misled officers by telling them Gonzales had left the state. Gonzales, however, was in the home. Brantley told police his name was Jonathan Montes.
After police arrested Gonzales, Brantley tried to convince his defense attorney that the alleged victim had made up the story. According to court records, Brantley had someone call the attorney pretending to be the alleged victim and say the story was a lie. Brantley admitted to setting up a fake email account for the victim to contact the defense attorney and say the allegations were false.
Gonzales is currently in the Jefferson County Jail awaiting resolution of his case.
Brantley said she believed the allegations were not true and didn't want an innocent man to go to prison, and that she changed her mind about the situation after reading more court records.
"I didn't want to put someone away for something he didn't do," Brantley said when explaining why she did it, adding the situation "snowballed out of control."
Chief Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Mote called the situation "outrageous" and that her decision to defend her boyfriend should lead to an aggravated sentence.
"She chose Isel over her daughter. And I think she needs to come to terms with that," Mote said.
Judge Alison Frazier agreed with Mote.
"One of your daughters was the victim of child molesting," Frazier said. "That itself has a negative impact on the victim. But the only person a child has to go to for safety, security and secrecy is their parents, and especially her mother," Frazier said prior to pronouncing the sentence.
Brantley will serve five years in prison, followed by two years of community corrections.