stock photo (above) and Chan Sutton mugshot (below)
The former President of the American Saddlebred Horse Association of Georgia (ASHAG) must register as a sex offender, according to the solicitor’s office. Chan Sutton, of Brunswick, Georgia pleaded guilty on Friday to computer pornography and criminal attempt to commit a felony.
Sutton was sentenced to serve 10-years probation and 180 days in a probation detention center for his crimes.
The saddle seat trainer who owns Oak Lane Farm was arrested last August for using a computer service to seduce, solicit, lure or entice a child to commit an illegal act. He posted more than $30,000 bond a week after his arrest.
At the time of Sutton’s arrest, he was serving as the President of the ASHAG, a state organization and charter club of the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA). During Sutton’s tenure as president he had close contact with children through the Jr. ASHAG. A Facebook post from July 2014 states he was one of three trip leaders that took 28 kids to Lexington, Kentucky for the group’s youth field trip.
Sutton was indicted by a grand jury in March. The charging document states in August 2014 Sutton used a cell phone to solicit a person he believed to be a child under 16 years of age to commit oral sodomy. Count two of the indictment says Sutton knowingly attempted to entice what he believed to be a 15-year-old child for oral sodomy.
Sutton actually solicited a law enforcement official.
Sutton remains on the ASHAG Board of Directors, according to the association’s website.