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Jury selection set for former Chappell Schools employee
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Jury selection set for former Chappell Schools employee

  • PublishedJune 12, 2024



Anthony Guadalupe was back in court Wednesday morning, where a judge set jury selection to begin Monday, June 17.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — Jury selection begins next week in the trial of the former St. Johns County assistant teacher charged with more than 20 counts of child sexual abuse, a judge said on Wednesday.

Anthony Guadalupe was back in court Wednesday morning, where a judge set jury selection to begin Monday, June 17.

Court documents filed Wednesday show Guadelupe’s defense withdrew the intent to rely on an insanity defense during the trial, which was originally filed back in March.

READ MORE: Attorney: St. Johns County school employee charged with child sex crimes was having ‘psychotic’ episode

Guadalupe, who was 19 years old at the time of his arrest in July 2022, was arrested on multiple counts of child molestation after parents said he inappropriately touched their children at the Chappell Schools in St. Johns County.

The alleged assaults happened between May 26, 2022, and July 18, 2022.

He pleaded guilty to 14 counts of child molestation in October 2023, but months later, withdrew his guilty plea and entered a plea of not guilty to additional charges, totaling more than 20 counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim less than 12 years old.

READ MORE: Former Chappell Schools employee has guilty plea withdrawn, facing 21 counts of child sexual abuse

In March, Guadalupe underwent a psychological evaluation the same day his attorney filed a notice to the court that Guadalupe planned to use an insanity defense.

His attorney argued there were “reasonable grounds” to believe Guadalupe was legally insane at the time the alleged crimes were committed, court documents show.

According to a court document filed Wednesday, Guadalupe no longer plans on using an insanity defense. The filing comes after the completion of Guadalupe’s final evaluations.

“Based on the results and testimony of both experts, defendant does not believe he meets the requirements to go forward with an insanity defense,” the document states.

If convicted, Guadalupe faces a minimum of 103 years in prison.



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