A Birmingham man convicted in the sex abuse of a minor 12 years ago pleaded guilty to a new charge with a different victim in Jefferson County this week.
David Brian Dove, 47, surrendered to the Jefferson County Jail this morning, jail records show. He turned himself in to begin serving his new sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree sex abuse on Monday.
The most recent case began in July of 2012 when the minor female victim told her mother that Dove had behaved inappropriately and had touched her in a manner that made her feel uncomfortable, authorities said.
On Monday, Dove pleaded guilty to the charge. Initially he had also been charged with failure to register as a convicted sex offender, but that charge was dismissed Monday. Under this week's plea agree agreement, Dove was sentenced to 10 years, but will serve only eight months in the Jefferson County Jail, court records show. His sentence began today, and he will be on probation for five years after he completes his jail term.
Dove was arrested in 2002 when he was 34 after authorities said he engaged in sexual intercourse with a female who was between the ages of 12 and 16. He was arrested on rape and sodomy charges, but pleaded guilty in 2003 to the misdemeanor charge of sexual misconduct in what court records described as a "best interest plea" decided upon by both parties. He received a 12-month suspended sentence in that case.
No wonder there are so many deviates in Alabama! Gets off with a suspended sentence for rape and sodomy of a minor, then has to serve only 8 months of a 10 year sentence. Good grief! Don't judges and prosecutors believe in protecting children? Because if they do, they're doing a lousy job of it.