Second, here's a little history that I know of (might not be totally accurate - I don't have all the dates and haven't read any of the court pleadings or reports, etc.):
Marriage difficulty - He: laid back, worked as technician at UNH, didn't earn enough for wife's liking, probably spent too much time and money on hobby interests. She: angry, yelling, criticizing constantly (per in-laws).
** [clue] Tim applies Doctor-prescribed lotion to young daughter's privates when wife refuses/doesn't want to. Daughter has some kind of rash or other issue.**
She (apparently getting some coaching) says she's going on a "vacation" with the kids. Ends up at an uncle's house in North Carolina (the Uncle hates Tim and has tried to cause problems for him before). Tim didn't know where she was with their kids for a while.
One day (months later) Tim gets served with a protective order, requiring him to give up his guns. Cops take guns.
Hearings on the protective order - wife has no grounds for the claim of being "in fear", judge dismisses protective order (I think). Tim has hearings to recover firearms, eventually wins.
Divorce libel filed sometime.
Wife moves back with her family of origin in New York State, where she lives with manipulative step-father who hates Tim also.
Tim not allowed to visit his kids. His mother is able to visit them a couple of times.
Some social worker involvement with interviewing the young daughter (again months after she takes off with kids).
Charges filed against Tim for one of his siezed firearm bodies (not a completed gun) being stolen, when in actuality, he purchased it from KT Ordnance. Tim has to defend himself against that - hearing was a couple of weeks ago, verdict awaited.
Tim arrested for the child molestation charges. Obtains court-appointed counsel, because by this time he's financially busted (fired from the job when the news hits the papers). Tim living off of his disability check (disabled Army veteran from Bosnia invasion/occupation).
Tim was advised re the best lawyer in New England for this type of case - retainer: $50,000. No one in his family could bear that cost, so he stayed with the court-appointed lawyer, who advises him if he doesn't take the plea offer, he'll lose the case and get 25 to life.
Feeling he had no other options, Tim accepts the advise of counsel, who walks through the case, negotiating plea deal with prosecution. Tim gets 30 days to wind up his affairs, has a "moving sale" and yesterday's hearing was day 31.
His lawyer says this judge was new on his case and was particularly harsh. Tim is sentenced and taken away... His brother is coming back to the state on Friday to finish cleaning up the house and get details of Tim's imprisonment. He may have a mailing address to give out then.
That's some of the pieces of this train wreck - others of you may know some clarifying points.