Calib Leroy Callard III, a probationer twice charged with felonies in the last three years and twice granted a withholding of adjudication at sentencing, the last time nine weeks ago, now faces a second degree felony charge for molesting a girl when she was 13.
The girl, now 14, told investigators that she had been in what she described as a relationship with Callard, and that their encounters consisted of kissing and touching private parts. The girl “struggled to give details in fear Calib would get in trouble,” according to the arrest affidavit. Callard, 33, described it as a “normal boyfriend/girlfriend relationship.”
When confronted with facts the girl had presented to investigators, Callard said he cared a lot about the girl, and blamed his drinking problem.
The alleged abusive encounters took place between April and August 2019. If convicted, Callard, a resident of 4427 Acord Avenue in Bunnell, faces up to 15 years in prison.
But the potential outcome of the case may be aggravated by his previous felonies. In mid-February, he pleaded no contest to an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge and was sentenced to four years’ probation, with the understanding that probation could be revoked and an equally long prison term imposed, if he violated probation.
The aggravated assault incident had resulted from an encounter with a friend who was in the habit of checking on Callard once a week. Callard was on medication at the time. Callard wanted the friend to get him beer. The friend refused. Callard eventually walked out of his residence with a machete and a rifle. Callard threatened his friend and damaged the tires on his friend’s car. As he was being arrested, deputies considered placing Callard under a Baker Act after he threatened suicide.
Circuit Judge Terence Perkins withheld adjudication at Callard’s sentencing on Feb. 11. His previous arrest, on a felony drug charge, was in 2016, when he was found in possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell. He pleaded no contest, adjudication was withheld, and he was sentenced to two years’ probation.
The latest case was investigated by sheriff’s detective Elizabeth Conrad.
“For a grown 33-year old man to think a relationship with a 13-year old child is normal shows that he is a deranged individual,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “I hope the victim is able to get the help she needs to recover.”
Callard is being held at the county jail on $15,000 bond.
This is so disgusting and ridiculous… where is this girls parents?! At 13 to be able to talk to a 33year old man is a little bit disturbing.
Mary Fusco says
Sadly, kids today have little to no parental guidance and are having sex at a very early age. BTW, she didn’t say she was talking to him, she said she was in a relationship. Lock this POS up and lock her parents up. I truly don’t understand why people continue to have children they have no interest in parenting. Disgusting.
Yeah where are the girls parents think they should be charged with something too
Perhaps this young man is simply misunderstood and needs some more leniency from our courts and judges…….. Then again, perhaps he needs a stint in general population in state prison. I would prefer he get the prison route.
I know Caleb. I used to work with him years ago. He was always weird and quiet but with a definite dark side. I had nothing against him at all but any 33 year old in an intimate relationship with a 13 year old should definitely, without a doubt, be held accountable by serving prison time. The 13 year old girls parents were probably busy doing drugs somewhere seeing as how they’re all from the Mondex ( I assume) and the Mondex as a whole is a den of iniquity. I hope the girl gets the counseling she may need and that someone investigates her parents and home life. I’m not here to judge anybody, but I’ll always, definitely judge a 33 year old with a 13 year old because it’s just wrong in every sense of the word.
Lance Carroll says
Although, you cast judgement on Mondex as a whole. Not everyone in Mondex area is what you judge them as….
Yes I’m sorry I was in a hurry. There a several older people who are very nice in Mondex. They’re from a different generation. My apologies if you’re one of the decent ones.
Jeff Talley says
I was taught that when you assume you make “an ass out of u and me.” I’ve lived in the Mondex for twenty years so I know that it consists of good and bad people just like everywhere else. And it’s spelled inequity.
Noah Webster says
I guess you weren’t taught that the phrase is “den of iniquity.”
Yes, thank you. It is iniquity.
Concerned Citizen says
A lot of countries have harsher ways of dealing with this type of thing.
Unfortunatley the U.S. is a “civilized” country and has a justice system that will protect this POS. He will bond out get drug thru the court system and end up back on probation. Especially if he goes before Judge Perkins.
He doesn’t need counseling,help or whatever other cop outs are floating around. He knowingly committed a crime. And they should max the sentence out.
His “drinking problem”…riiigghhhtttt. People don’t get those kind of dilated pupils from drinking alcohol.
Protect your children says
It is not an excuse but I’d like to point out that people who perpetrate the crime of sexual abuse were most very likely victims of sexual abuse. Again, no excuse. The system failed him as much as his parental figures did. For him to say and believe that it is “normal” to have a sexual relationship with a minor child is proof he is a pedophile. For whatever reason, this guy perped on a child and needs to be locked up for the safety of others. I used to be a child protective services counselor in another state and it never ceases to sicken me what people (parents, SO’s, grandparents, and other people entrusted with care of kids), can think up to do to children. Disgusting, criminal. Unfortunately, many children become so traumatized by the abuse, threats etc that they renege their accusations against the perp and he (usually a he) walks. Sexual abuse destroys a child.
Florida is soft on repeat offenders and very soft on bail requirements.
Human at peace says
This guy has more arrest records under his belt then this article listed. He was also arrested in other states mostly on drug charges. In 2016 shortly after his release from Flagler county jail on possession charges, he was arrested in Jacksonville, charged with assault on LEO. Putting him behind bars is the best that can be done. I know all this and a lot more about him because 3 years ago I had to take measures to protect my child from him. Unfortunately our court system took my concern lightly, despite all the evidence I had gathered on him. I’m truly relieved his actions are finally catching up with him.
Maybe this time there will be a judge who will take this case seriously.