2 Life sentences in child sexual abuse case

A judge Wednesday ordered a man to spend the rest of his life in prison after his April convictions of sexually abusing a child for years, State Attorney Larry Basford announced.

Circuit Court Judge Brantley Clark gave Sean Michael Talkington, 45, two separate Life sentences – one for each count of Sexual Battery on a Child under the age of 12 – 25 years for Lewd and Lascivious Molestation, and 15 years for Lewd and Lascivious Battery. He ordered the terms served consecutively.

The defendant approaches for sentencing.
Circuit Court Judge Brantley Clark delivers the sentence.

The sentencing ended a case that involved prosecutors and law enforcement in both Bay County, where the crime occurred, and Kansas, where the defendant was questioned.

“I’m happy we were able to close this chapter and help her on her healing journey,” Prosecutor Nicole Reed said. “The collaboration between our office, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and the Lawrence, Kansas, Police Department shows that justice isn’t bound by jurisdictional lines.”

Reed, who read the victim’s impact statement to the court during sentencing, said the effort put into the case by everyone involved paid off, “knowing that a Sexual Predator has been put away for the rest of his life and the victim can breathe easier.”

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In her Victim Impact Statement, the victim wrote about her pain and suffering, saying, “The journey to healing has only begun and I have a lifetime of healing and self-discovery to fight for, and I’ll never stop fighting for this life and for peace.”

During the April trial, Reed called four witnesses and presented evidence that proved the defendant repeatedly sexually assaulted the victim between 2005 and 2012. Among the state witnesses were Bay County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jake Roberts and Lawrence, Kansas, Police Department Sgt. Jamie Lawson, who traveled to Bay County to testify. Roberts was the case agent. Sgt. Lawson conducted an interview with the defendant in Kansas during which the defendant made admissions.

The jury deliberated for just over 30 minutes.

Basford thanked the BCSO and Lawrence, Kansas police for their collaborative work on a case that spanned years and nearly 1,000 miles.

For more information, contact Mike Cazalas at mike.cazalas@sa14.fl.gov, or call 850-381-7454.

Man guilty of sexually battering, impregnating child is sentenced to Life

A man found guilty Tuesday of sexual battery upon a child multiple times and impregnating her was sentenced to Life in prison Wednesday, State Attorney Larry Basford announced.

Nadir Al Bashir, 49, of Panama City, was found guilty of 3 counts of Sexual Battery Upon a child 12 years of age or older. A jury took 11 minutes to find him guilty of sexually battering the 12-year-old victim both before and after he impregnated her. Circuit Judge Brantley Clark sentenced him to three consecutive life sentences.

Prosecutor Jennifer Lieb addresses the jury.

Assistant State Attorney Jennifer Lieb presented witnesses and evidence from the victim’s family, the Panama City Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. FDLE analyst Jennifer Wilkerson testified that DNA samples from the defendant, the victim, and the baby showed a 99.99% likelihood that the was the father.

During the cross-examination of the defendant, Lieb asked him if he had had sex with the victim when she was 12 years old.  The defendant admitted he had but said he believed it was legal after he researched the law.  “So, you decided to have sex with a 12-year-old child. Based on your research you decided to have sex with a 12-year-old child multiple times?” Lieb asked the defendant.  The defendant replied that “Y’all don’t get it.”

“The State has called witnesses, including the victim, who have testified about what this defendant did to this child,” Lieb told jurors in her closing argument. “But there’s no doubting that it happened thanks to the DNA because the FDLE was able to show that half the child’s DNA profile comes from the defendant. This man forced her into a situation that no 12- or 13-year-old is prepared for, becoming pregnant and having a child to care for.”

“We believe life is the appropriate sentence in this case based on the nature of these crimes and the defendant’s own testimony.”  Lieb stated at sentencing.  “This defendant will always be a danger to the children in our community. He doesn’t believe the law applies to him and he doesn’t think he has done anything wrong, he has shown no remorse.”

The defendant is fingerprinted after being found guilty.

The defendant told the judge, when speaking about the crime, that he “didn’t force nobody to do that” and that it was just something that happened and that he is not a danger to children.

The victim also spoke to Judge Clark at sentencing.

“It has affected me every day of my life since I was a child,” the victim said in a soft voice, adding it has negatively affected her relationships with others, caused pain in her family, and led her to being homeless and without her child for a period of time.

After sentencing the victim said it felt like a weight had been lifted off of her and that she could finally breathe.

Basford thanked the Panama City Police Department and assisting agencies for their work on the case.

For more information, contact Mike Cazalas at mike.cazalas@sa14.fl.gov, or call 850-381-7454.