Jeffie Dennis Melder may well be one of the most disgusting men ever to appear on this blog.
Earlier this week, a courtroom heard that the Groveton tugboat operator coerced his wife, 31-year-old Shelly Renee Melder, into having a threesome with an eight-year-old boy. When she confided to a friend about what they had done, Jeffie Melder called a national hotline and tried to turn her in, thus vindicating himself. (On his ghost town of a Facebook page, Melder, 35, lists himself as "Separated.") Ironically, and thankfully, that genius move launched the investigation that ultimately brought both of the Melders down.
According to KTRE, the court heard other details about how Shelly Melder was in the habit of having sex with numerous men and women and beaming the proceedings via Webcam to the oceangoing tugboats where Jeffie worked.
Melder was convicted of three felonies in relation to the rape of the boy and yesterday Trinity County district judge Robert Hill Trapp brought down the hammer.
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Jeffie Melder got 60 years for a count apiece of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sexual performance of a child, and ten years for one count of indecency with a child. And then Trapp stacked all the sentences for a total term of 130 years. Melder will be eligible for parole in 2077.
Shelly Melder has also been convicted. Because she was coerced into the threesome, and because she testified against her husband, she is expected to serve ten years or less. Two of Melder's cousins testified against him, too; they claimed that his sexual behavior around them had been inappropriate.
A psychiatrist testified at the trial that the young victim now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.