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Governor’s office staffer arrested for child solicitation

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A staff member in Gov. Kay Ivey’s legal office was arrested Wednesday on charges of solicitation of a child by computer, Jefferson County Sheriff’s records show.

Chase Tristian Espy, an assistant legal adviser in the governor’s office, was booked in Homewood with bond set at $30,000, according to the records.

Ivey spokeswoman Gina Maiola told Alabama Daily News Espy was a new employee and has been fired.

“The allegations against Mr. Espy are serious, tragic and shocking,” Maiola said in an email. “While he was employed by our office for only a few months, Mr. Espy has been terminated. As this is an ongoing investigation, no further information is available at this time.”

Child solicitation by computer is a Class B Felony in Alabama punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Felony sex offenses call for no less than 10 years in prison.

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