Bond conditions changed after rape suspect posts Craigslist ad
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
The legal system has kicked into action after the Channel 4 I-Team discovered a suspect awaiting trial for rape trying to recruit a single woman to move in with him.
Justin Chandler is accused of raping a woman with disabilities at the Dickson Walmart last summer, allegedly in front of her child. What is worse is according to police records, the victim asked others to stop him but no one would help her.
Police later turned to Facebook for help identify the suspect, who was captured on surveillance pictures the day of the assault.
Police located Chandler and charged him with rape. Then, in August 2012, he was placed on house arrest by a Dickson County court and ordered to wear a GPS monitor while he awaited trial.
Then, in September, a judge removed those bond conditions, saying Chandler just had to stay away from the victim, her family and Walmart.
"It's hard to post something if you are wearing a GPS device. It would kind of tip somebody off the first time they met you something may be up," said Dickson Police Commander Eddie Breeden.
Breeden is talking about the Craigslist ad uncovered by the Channel 4 I-Team, which shows Chandler and says he is in the process of getting an apartment in Columbia.
Not only is his picture included, but he also states in the ad that he's only interested in rooming with a single female.
After the Channel 4 I-Team's investigation aired in May, a judge changed Chandler's bond conditions once again.
Chandler is now required to stay off the internet and get permission from the court before moving or changing jobs.
The advertisement is no longer posted on Craigslist, and we don't know if anyone ever responded to Chandler's search for a single female roommate.
The Channel 4 I-Team called the number listed on the Craigslist ad and reached Chandler, but he wouldn't talk with us on camera and told us to call his attorney.
Repeated attempts to contact Chandler's attorney have not yet been returned.
Chandler is scheduled to go trial on the rape charge in August.
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