A ring of the doorbell on May 30, 2008 would forever change the world of Tonya Craft. Outside of her North Georgia home stood two detectives waiting to inform the mother of two that she had been accused of the most heinous of crimes.
By the time Craft stood trial in April 2010, she faced charges on 22 counts of child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and aggravated child molestation against three children, including her own daughter. Additionally, the two-year ordeal had cost Craft custody of her children, her beloved job as a kindergarten teacher and over half a million dollars in legal and defense fees expended by Craft and her family.
On May 12, a jury found Craft not guilty on all 22 charges. In the process, serious doubt was raised about the validity of the charges against the former schoolteacher due to perceived corruption, unprofessional conduct and other questionable behavior by those involved in bringing forth the allegations as well as numerous public officials tasked with the subsequent investigation and prosecution of the case.
Today, Craft is a consultant on child abuse cases and is scheduled to graduate from law school this spring. She regained custody of her children following her acquittal and has re-established a strong and healthy relationship with both of them.
Tonya Craft graciously spoke with me at length on the afternoon of February 28 to discuss her trial, rebuilding her life following the acquittal and her decision to author Accused.
(Special thanks to BenBella Books and Michael Wright of Garson & Wright Public Relations)
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