Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Shelby Ivan Charles "Touched" A Foster Child, Promptly Confessed, Allegedly...

Stock photo, blog post by John Hoff


According to a recent criminal complaint, click here, a woman with the initials "TC" was awakened on October 21 by Shelby Ivan Charles. Though the criminal complaint doesn't say, based on the woman's initials and other facts in the complaint it would appear Shelby Ivan Charles is her husband. It would also appear Shelby and his wife are involved (or WERE involved) in foster care of children at their home located at 724 Thomas Avenue North.

Shelby had something to confess to his wife...

Allegedly, he confessed he had just engaged in sexual behavior with a 9-year-old girl staying at the residence in foster care. Immediately, TC removed the child from the residence and called police. An interview with the child confirmed the story. Shelby is now in jail.

It would appear that while Shelby could not resist the awful and devilish urge that took hold of him, he was able to confess his sins and turn off the spigot of evil by having TC protect the victim. If only somebody like the Chatline Rapist (click here) could confess his sins instead of engaging in a constant public pretense that he was railroaded.

This blog hopes Charles gets the help he needs. But on another note, how on earth was a "foster" child at the home? Was this an official or unofficial foster situation?

Shelby Ivan Charles has a minor criminal rap sheet in Minnesota. Here it is. Not all of these charges may represent convictions, but here are all his charges:

2-014846 Z 092241 CHARLES, SHELBY IVAN 11/07/1955 09/30/2002 Dakota-Hastings - Criminal/Traffic/Petty Driving Intoxicated Converted Closed .14 BAC 4TH DEGREE DUI; M

73-T9-05-021330 SS 001123 CHARLES, SHELBY IVAN 11/07/1955 11/03/2005 Stearns Speeding-Petty Misd Converted Closed SPEED 80/70

02-CR-07-8004 907862 CHARLES, SHELBY IVAN 11/07/1955 08/23/2007 Anoka Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed Traffic - Open bottle law; Liability of nonpresent owner; crime described

So the burning question becomes as follows:

Was this an official placement by Hennepin County foster care? Or was it an unofficial "relative dumped off her child" situation, euphemistically described as "foster care?" I have an inquiry out with two different public officials and hope to have an answer soon. As one Hennepin County official put it so well, "If the answer is yes, [an official foster placement] we all have egg on our faces."

ADDENDUM, NOVEMBER 21, 2:38 PM: There are two individuals named Shelby Ivan Charles, one born in 1955 and one born in 1976. The one born in 1955 is the one being charged here. The other guy with the same name has an extensive criminal record and his relationship, if any, to the "senior" Mr. Charles is unknown. Some of the rap sheet data for the "other" Charles was listed for this Charles. Thanks to a reader for catching that and the minute I received your comment I rushed to make correction. 


Johnny Northside! said...

Received a call back about my inquiry in regard to this criminal complaint and whether this was an "official" foster placement. The answer is the complaint was written with the information known at the time and it wasn't complete. In short, the answer is still out there and this blogger is still looking.

Anonymous said...

Hey Johnny,

Love the blog, but I noticed that some of the birth dates in the criminal cases are different. It looks like a big chunk of them have a 1976 DOB, while the rest have the correct 1955 DOB.

Charmaine said...

As someone who grew up in foster homes from age 9-17, I know from experience that they are often not safe places. Thanks for sharing this story. I hope the child gets appropriate and continuous care.

Johnny Northside! said...

A search of DHS licensing facilities reveals no link between this incident and any "official" foster home. The phrase "foster home" was apparently used in an unofficial sense.


Johnny Northside! said...

As of today, Shelby Ivan Charles is sitting in jail over alleged DWI.

Booking Number: 2012035699
Date of Birth: 11/7/1955
Sheriff's Custody: IN CUSTODY . .
Housing Location: MINNEAPOLIS CITY HALL Address
Received Date/Time: 12/29/2012.. 21:33
Case/Count Description of Charge Charged By Reason for Arrest Severity of Charge State of Charge Bail Information Court Appearance Date/Time Court Appearance Location

Anonymous said...

Shelby Charles sexually molested his niece. The little girl in question is family and was placed in the home upon agreement between Thelma and her sister the child's mother. Shelby was found guilty in a court of law on August, 9, 2013.