ARBCA Pastor Al Huber Posts $250,000 Cash Bond to Free Convicted Felon Tom Chantry From Jail

By | March 31, 2019

ARBCA Pastor Al Huber has posted  $250,000 to spring his son-in-law, Tom Chantry from jail.  Convicted felon Tom Chantry has been incarcerated since September 10, 2018 in the Yavapai County jail as he awaits two trials. The first trial is scheduled to begin April 23, 2019 and is a retrial on 4 counts of molestation of a child. You can read more about these charges here.

Chantry faces a new trial in which he has been indicted on nine counts of child abuse, sexual molestation of a minor, and assault. I do not believe a date has yet been set for this trial. You can read more about these new charges here.

I attended the entire trial of Thomas Chantry. I witnessed first-hand the anguish of the victims, the anger of their parents and the heartache of all who were affected by the heinous actions of Chantry. It is hard for me to believe that anyone who sat through the trial can believe that Chantry is innocent of the charges. Yet, apparently, ARBCA pastor Al Huber still believes convicted felon Thomas Chantry is an innocent man!  He is entitled to his beliefs, but one must wonder how anyone continues to attend a church pastored by such a man!

I am praying justice is done in this case. I am hoping Chantry’s own words – “I have done something I can’t recover from” are prophetic.  If  they are, Chantry is now enjoying his last month of freedom.

 

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Rock of Ages

At this rate TC will be out and vying to be the Great Wizard of Oz. Then along comes the Scarecrow, Al Huber, searching for a brain with the Tin man, Dale Smith, needing a heart. All the while the Munchkins observe the proceedings and continue to hide in the forest and worship the Wizard.

Jerome

Did Chantry’s new lawyer get his bond reduced? The report from Chantry’s sentencing in October said he was being held on a one million dollar cash bond, which factored into the judge’s imposition of probation for the crimes of which Chantey was convicted last year:

https://verdenews.com/news/2018/oct/22/former-prescott-pastor-receives-three-years-probat/

“imposing an initial jail term…didn’t make sense to [Judge Astrowsky]…Chantry is already in custody on a $1 million cash bond for another case…’The likelihood of (the $1 million bond) being posted, I trust, is not significant, because he would have posted bail already,’ Astrowsky said.”

“after Chantry’s trial concluded [in August], nine new felony charges were filed against him and he was ordered to be held at the Yavapai County jail on a $1 million bond”

“John Sears…will no longer serve as Chantry’s attorney because he will be retiring. A replacement defense attorney has already been unofficially selected and is expected to make his first appearance at Chantry’s next status conference, which is set for Nov. 14.”

Rae

Some jurisdictions allow you to post a percentage of the bond amount to secure a defendant’s freedom. That my be the case here – I don’t know what the Rules of Criminal Procedure are in Arizona. In most all jurisdictions, if the family pays a percentage of the bond to a Bondsman, he or she will sign for the remaining amount, guaranteeing that they (the Bondsman) are responsible to forfeit the bail to the court if the defendant fails to show for any court ordered appearances. Some states also allow you to put up real estate as surety for a defendant’s release – imagine that, putting your house on the line for a friend or relative who’s been accused of a crime. Doesn’t happen very often, but I’ve seen it.

Thanks, putting up your home as surety for a friend’s release looks impressive. However, the reality appears to be that the government seldom seizes homes in such cases.

From a bureaucratic and legal perspective, it appears to be difficult for the government to go after non-cash collateral, put up as surety by anyone, in general.

To my knowledge, Tom Chantry’s most recent bail bond condition was for $250,000 in cash. That sum was covered by 4 separate cashier’s checks, which are the equivalent of cash. Al Huber, Tom Chantry’s father-in-law, signed the official bail bond paperwork. It does not appear to be clear whether he covered the entire $250,000 bond, based in the publicly available information we have right now.

I do think that Tom Chantry is a danger to the public. At the same time he has presumably behaved well in prison and has appeared at all his court hearings to date. Chantry also most recently surrendered himself prior to being formally served with an arrest warrant.

I do understand the arguments in favor of lowering his bail bond amount from one million in cash to a quarter million in cash.

Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Rae

You’re right – I’ve never actually seen the authorities exercise the right to seize and sell the surety’s house. But, I sure wouldn’t want to take that chance! 🙂

I agree also that he seems to have shown up so far for his court appearances (and voluntarily, at that!) So, it seems unlikely that he would abscond, which was more than likely the reason for the bail reduction.

Yes, I think that Chantry’s new lawyers argued to have his bail reduced. However, I went to the Yavapai Superior Court house in December to try and attend one of Tom Chantry’s hearings.

The hearing was never opened to the public despite being listed on the court docket that day.

At that time, I saw John Sears enter the building prior to the scheduled hearing time, which was at 8:30 AM, I believe. I’m also 85 percent sure I saw Tom Chantry himself open the door of a meeting room, attached to the courtroom, while I was sitting outside the courtroom.

I know that a hearing occurred because I attempted to get the minutes for it a couple days later. They existed but hadn’t yet been scanned into the system according to the clerk I interacted with.

It’s possible that John Sears was or is still assisting Tom Chantry’s new lawyers even though he has officially retired from the case.

Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Pew Sitter

Fascinating that Walter Chantry’s book was the leverage to start a new church decades ago and now Walter Chantry’s real work, his son, Tom, is the cause of so many leaving the same group of churches. I am glad I lived long enough to see my doubts confirmed.

Headless Unicorn Guy

You may be saying “Thou Art the Man!” along with Nathan, but so far The Man’s been beating the rap like an Author Self-Insert Mary Sue in bad fanfic.

Elizabeth

Very interesting. Can someone refresh my memory of how much jail time Chantry has served in all, so far? Todd, will you be attending this new retrial? I’d imagine it’s hard to make plans, as there’s no telling if it will be delayed again, and again. Also, I’m curious if his probation begins now that he’s out, or do the seven months he’s been sitting in jail count toward it? I suppose he won’t be able to even attend church, as during his probation period he’s not allowed to interact with children other than his own. I guess he won’t be able to go many places at all, since children are pretty much everywhere. I seem to remember, but am not sure, that he has three young boys. All I’ve got to say is lock up the kids, there’s a monster on the loose!

Concerned Christian

Is there any way to get his church or ARBCA to have to reveal where that money is coming from? If they are both non-profit organizations and subject to the laws of the land, don’t people have a right to know and see that the money is not being taken from donations/offerings intended to go to the church for the work of the Gospel and not the work of supporting Chantry?

I don’t care if this guy is a billionaire in his personal business life; the fact that he’s a pastor and spending this much money to bail out a child abuser a month before his trial raises some serious red flags and concerns and doesn’t show him to be above reproach as the Scriptures call him to be.