. . . The bad old days. This is Timothy Allen Oates:
In 1987, according to the Tampa Bay Times, he was sentenced to “27 years for ransom, attempted sexual battery on an adult and indecent assault on a child younger than 16.” Actually it looks like it was ten years.
In any case, he was not supposed to be out of prison until 1997. Or maybe 2014. But he only served four years. He got out in 1991, and guess what he did next? He went back to prison for additional charges (and some of what may be the same charges). In 1993, he was sentenced to 27 years and served ten years and nine months. He got out a second time in 2004.
And then guess what he did next? We don’t know the whole story, but last month he allegedly molested at least one child younger than 12 and took off for Washington State.
So why was he released in 1991, just a few years after being sentenced for multiple, violent sex crimes? Why did he receive a sentence of 27 years in 1993 and get out a little more than ten years later?
In order to understand this case, you have to do a bit of digging. Here is his record with the Department of Corrections. This first block is the sentencing from 1987. The second block is the sentencing from 1993. The third block is the time he actually served in prison. Look at the dates of the offenses — the 2/1/87 and 9/2/87 offenses appear in both sentencings. The 5/18/86 charge was only part of the 1987 court decision, while a new 3/1/92 charge appears in 1993. So my guess is that he was released VERY early for the first set of charges, then re-offended the minute he got out, then was re-sentenced on some crimes and given additional time for the new charges.
There are some other things to understand: he was 23 when he was first sentenced for this set of crimes. So we don’t know if he had a juvenile record. He was given a serious second chance, then he went right back into prison. He got a third chance after his sentence was cut by more than 60%. Now he’s been caught again.
This is what crime control was like in the 1980’s. Things got better in the 1990’s, but not enough. What does it take to put away a child rapist? I’ll get back to you when we figure that out.
Thank God for sex crime registries. Without registration, this guy would still be on the loose. If only the media would mention that once in a while.
Prior Prison History: (Note: Data reflected covers periods of incarceration with the Florida Dept.of Corrections since January of 1983) Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length 05/18/1986 L/L, INDEC.ASLT CHILD U/16 09/29/1987 HILLSBOROUGH 8607334 10Y 0M 0D 05/18/1986 KIDNAP MINOR FOR RANSOM(ATTEMPTED) 09/29/1987 HILLSBOROUGH 8607334 10Y 0M 0D 09/02/1987 SEX BAT BY ADULT/VCTM LT 12(ATTEMPTED) 09/29/1987 HILLSBOROUGH 8711422 10Y 0M 0D 02/01/1987 SEX BAT BY ADULT/VCTM LT 12(ATTEMPTED) 09/29/1987 HILLSBOROUGH 8711423 10Y 0M 0D
Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length 09/02/1987 SEX BAT BY ADULT/VCTM LT 12(ATTEMPTED) 03/11/1993 HILLSBOROUGH 8711422 27Y 0M 0D 02/01/1987 SEX BAT BY ADULT/VCTM LT 12(ATTEMPTED) 03/11/1993 HILLSBOROUGH 8711423 27Y 0M 0D 02/01/1987 SEX BAT BY ADULT/VCTM LT 12(ATTEMPTED) 03/11/1993 HILLSBOROUGH 8711423 27Y 0M 0D 03/01/1992 KIDNAP;COMM.OR FAC.FELONY 12/09/1993 PINELLAS 9206504 27Y 0M 0D 03/01/1992 L/L, INDEC.ASLT CHILD U/16 12/09/1993 PINELLAS 9206504 15Y 0M 0D
Incarceration History: Date In-Custody Date Out-of-Custody 10/02/1987 11/27/1991 04/08/1993 01/01/2004