Meloan's Lawyer On Molestation Case

AUGUSTA Ga.---It's a bizarre case involving an unusual character. One that stretches back some 30 or 40 years.

Ed Meloan, the host of Shock Theater on Channel 12 starting in the late 60's, is accused of a sex crime involving a child. Now -- in an interview only on 12, Meloan's lawyer talks about the case, the attempted suicide and what happens next.

Shock theater was a fixture on these airwaves, entertaining kids with a caped character in a coffin who introduced horror films. Now we're learning what went on behind the scenes... was really scary stuff... resulting in serious charges.
How serious are they? Meloan's attorney, Victor Hawk says they are "very serious... he could get substantial time in jail."

"Based on the initial investigation, and Mr. Meloan's cooperation, we do not, we can not say this is unfair prosecution... at all " according to Hawk.

In fact- the biggest question now is how many more potential victims will come forward.

Hawk tells News 12, "We had some information that there have been a significant number step forward- as to exactly how many, I don't know--- I really don't."

Facing this kind of horror story from the distant past was apparently too much for Meloan--- who served for years on North Augusta's Planning Commission. A police report says he tried to end his life with an overdose of pills.
"I'm glad they were able to save him," Hawk says, "and I'm glad he's getting better--- but its a slow process. Physically he is very ill, psychologically he is very ill and he'll be in the hospital through Friday, maybe longer."

And Hawk says his client continues to meet with sled investigators... answering all their questions.
Mr. Meloan is cooperating with the investigation. He's accepting responsibility for his conduct."
Will that mean a guilty plea in the case?
Hawk told us "You can certainly make that inference based on his accepting responsibility for his conduct--- this is not gonna be a trial."

In exchange for information... this attorney is hoping for a lighter sentence for a 74 year old man he says is in poor health. Hawk says a 5 year sentence in this case would be a death penalty.

And so for now... Ed Meloan remains in the psychiatric ward of The Medical College of Georgia, undergoing treatment and meeting with investigators. SLED is still encouraging other possible victims to come forward. They have set up a phone number and a website for anyone with any information. That number is (803) 642-2076 and the email sled-investigation at sled-dot-sc-dot-gov.


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  • by saddened Location: WA on Jun 14, 2008 at 06:27 PM
    I wonder if this man ever realized what he did was wrong and asked God for forgiveness then moved on with his life. If he did, then this seems to me to be completely sad. If he didn't, well that's even sadder. I will pray for him and his family and for all those people he hurt.
  • by Radioman970 Location: Georgia on Oct 16, 2007 at 10:18 AM
    I grew up watching Shock Theater and Count Justin. At 40 I feel like a part of my childhood has just been destroyed as well. Also, some of the comments here are very strange since this guy (and his wife?) have admitted to hurting these children! How many of you are working in the school system? Please quit your jobs now!
  • by PRAY4COMFORT Location: SC on Jul 27, 2007 at 11:47 AM
    Ms. I am with you. Some of these people could be considered a danger to themselves with the comments they are making. And as far a innocent. Give me a break he admits it. Go to the SLED website and read the papers those two are sick. I just wonder if the FBI will be getting involed since it was across state lines? Also who was the person that was across the state line? He/She should be right there with the Meloans.
  • by Ms. Informed Location: SC on Jul 27, 2007 at 11:12 AM
    Some of these remarks are unreal. I honestly can't believe such stupid people exist! I pray for all the VICTIMS no matter how old or how long ago it happened. And as for all the great service this man provided to the community, give me a break.
  • by Freedom in America Location: south carolina on Jul 27, 2007 at 10:55 AM
    we think ed meloan and his wife are innocent until proven guilty.
  • by pray4comfort Location: sc on Jul 27, 2007 at 05:32 AM
    ok all of you who talk of the great public servant...what do you think now? this man his wife and who knows who else are sexual predators of kids....wake up
  • by North Augusta Location: SC on Jul 26, 2007 at 02:42 PM
    Ed Meloan was a great public servant on the North Augusta Planning Commission. The citizens of North Augusta are going to miss his wisdom and leadership as the commission's chairman. We sincerely appreciate all the good things he did in planning the community over the last several decades.
  • by PRAY4COMFORT Location: SC on Jul 25, 2007 at 07:30 AM
    Are you people for real? Laura you need to wait till all the info comes out it wasn't JUST a BJ and to a child that is abuse. Its like you are saying "oh sorry you were raped at 12-14". If you will read more on it you will see there wasn't just one victim. And Bren I am sure there are many convicted criminals that provided exceptional service and did volunteer work. That does not make it any more OK to molest a child. I dont care if its 144 years ...What he did was wrong!
  • by pray4comfort Location: sc on Jul 25, 2007 at 05:52 AM
    no its a sexual predator hunt...and they have caught one. and where have you been he is according to his lawyer...accepting responsibility...
  • by laura Location: ga on Jul 25, 2007 at 05:36 AM
    don't believe that a BJ changes someone's life forever.
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