Meloan sentenced to 78 years

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

October 9, 2007

AIKEN, S.C.---Former TV host and North Augusta Planning Commission member Ed Meloan is going to jail. He was sentenced this afternoon to 78 years for sexually abusing dozens of boys.

The abuse that Meloan admitted to dates back to the late 1960s and apologized for the countless lives he ruined.

And new details of what Edward Meloan did are shocking.

Court began with Meloan's guilty plea then Judge Early asked Meloan, "How are you today Mr. Meloan?"

Meloan answered, "I'm, I'm nervous."

And he had every reason to be as all the skeletons came out of his closet in open court.

His victims and solicitor Barbara Morgan giving details that even shocked the judge.

Solictor Morgan, "All of those were of minors from infancy. Literally in diapers to pre puberty."

She's talking about the 9 thousand photos and up to 175 pornographic movies found locked away on Meloan's home computer. All recently organized by the victim's ages.

Morgan expanded on that with, "Children clearly engaging in sexual activity. Oral, anal, vaginal, intercouse with other children, inanimate objects. Erect male genetailia, all around."

Three of his vicims spoke, fighting back tears describing the abuse they suffered at his home, in WRDW studios, and across state lines.

Boyscouts, neighbors, even his son's playmates, boys ages 10 to 17 who trusted Meloan became his victims.

Countless boys forced to preform sex acts with him each hother and other men in Georgia.

The children were also exposed to pornographic films. Two victims even forced to act in two of Meloan's homemade child porn movies.

Solicitor Morgan says he made money off the films, selling them to a California distributor.

Judge Early said to Meloan, "You are a monster a monster living among us."

As for Meloan, his emotion never waivered.

Even as he offered this apology to his victims, "I want to apolgize. I deeply regret the problems I caused them, and their family as a result of this. I realize it's difficult for anyone to forgive me for what I did. I can only ask for forgiveness. I'm very sorry. I'm very sorry. I cannot go back and undo the past. I'm very sorry."

The judge threw the book at Meloan, giving him the maximum sentence.

"If I'm correct that's a total of 78 years in the State Department of Corrections. Get him out of here."

Meloan is 75 years old and in bad health.

His attorneys tell me Meloan will likely be moved from the Aiken County Detention Center to a jail that handles sick inmates.

His wife, Susan Meloan, is also facing charges in the case. She'll be in court in the next few months.

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  • by justice on Oct 23, 2008 at 10:36 PM
    They need to check and see if these sicko's were involved in the abduction of that north augusta boy from the 70's you never know...
  • by Donna on Oct 9, 2007 at 09:21 PM
    As a member of David V's family, I pray this will finally help him to feel proud of himself that he has faced his demon and justice was served today. I was in the court room and was shocked even more to find out about the 9000 pictures and 175 videos. The disgust on the judge's face said it all, his mouth literally dropped open. They are truly sick people, we lost Russell V. possibly because of Meloan, he deserves to rot in jail. He'll have to face his maker one day, he not only should be asking his victims for forgiveness, he better be turning to God and begging for his forgiving love. I can only hope that the rest involved will have to pay for their actions also. This has been an up-hill battle for our family for years - we look forward to more positive days in the future. May God have mercy on his soul!!! Thank you - your coverage on this story has been well done.
  • by BBH Location: Harlem on Oct 9, 2007 at 08:22 PM
    I sat here when this first came out and thought "no, not someone I looked up to. This can't be right.I pray that the victims will be ok and wondered if I knew them could I have helped them back when we were teens." But, back then you didn't talk about things like that. I know I kept what I was going through a secret. But, now I sit here in tears thinking that someone I thought of as a second Dad would be a monster as bad as my own Father. My tears are even more so for David. I wish you could have talked to me when we were younger. I hate that you had to go through this alone. No one should have to keep things like that inside, it eats away at your soul. I cared about you when we were young and still think fondly of you now, you are in my prayers. What is so hard about all this is not only what happened, but, the people involved have had to deal with this for so long and the lasting effects of it.
  • by Linda Location: Brunswick Ga. on Oct 9, 2007 at 08:21 PM
    Justice has been done...he got what he deserved. Now, what about his wife?
  • by PRAY4COMFORT Location: SC on Oct 9, 2007 at 08:11 PM
    ok maybe the healing will begin now. to those involved THANK YOU SO MUCH for coming forward when others could not. no other young boy will suffer at his hands and maybe soon his wife will join him.
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