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

  • PublishedJune 16, 2024



If convicted, Anthony Guadalupe would face a minimum sentence of 103 years in prison.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — Jury selection is set to begin Monday morning in the case of the former Chappell Schools assistant teacher charged with more than 20 counts of child sexual abuse.

A St. Johns County judge set the date for Anthony Guadalupe‘s jury selection during a hearing on Wednesday.

In July 2022, then-18-year-old Guadalupe was arrested on multiple child molestation charges after parents claimed he inappropriately touched their children at the Chappell Schools.

Prosecutors said classroom surveillance footage showed a “brazen” assault on a 4-year-old child by Guadalupe, one of several alleged assaults that occurred between May 26, 2022, and July 18, 2022. 

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

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The move derailed the ‘negotiated’ sentence of 35 years to life in prison when he had pleaded guilty to the charges. 

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

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

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

On Wednesday, Guadalupe’s attorney filed a motion, withdrawing the intent to rely on an insanity defense during the trial, documents show. The filing comes after the completion of Guadalupe’s final evaluations.

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“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.

Jury selection is set to begin at the St. Johns County courthouse at 8:30 a.m. Monday. First Coast News will have a crew in the courtroom and will provide updates on this case.



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