Mason gets 25 years

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Crestwood resident pleads guilty to sexual abuse of teen in 2011

By Kenny Colston

A Crestwood man will spend 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to the sexual abuse of a teenager.

Toby Mason, 54, was sentenced last week almost three years after fleeing to Florida with a 16-year-old girl.

Mason pled guilty to one count of use of a minor in a sexual performance, four counts of sodomy, third degree and one count of custodial interference in November. He will serve 25 years for the sodomy and custodial interference counts. The count of use of a minor in a sexual performance comes with a 10-year sentence that Mason will serve concurrently with the other five counts.

In addition, Mason will have to register as a sex offender after he is released from prison and must undergo DNA and HIV testing, according to Circuit Court Clerk Karen Conrad.

Mason, currently housed in the Kentucky State Reformatory, is wheelchair bound after suffering a number of strokes while incarcerated. It is unclear whether Mason will stay at the reformatory to serve out his sentence, or whether he will be transferred to another state facility.

Mason did not speak during his sentencing hearing last Thursday.

Mason fled to Miami on May 8, 2011 with a Crestwood girl he met several months earlier while playing video games.

Ten days later, U.S. Marshals located the teenager in a Miami motel room with Mason and another local man, Edgar Kidwell, more than 1,000 miles away from home.

In a 2011 interview with the victim’s mother, she said Mason answered the teenager’s phone and told her mother that the teen had “wanted to do something like” leave home for a while.

The mother said she wished she had trusted her gut feeling about Mason.

When she first met him, she thought of him as overconfident and arrogant. Mason told stories about working for the CIA that didn’t add up, she said.

“I blame myself, too, for being so trusting and naive and not questioning him more,” the mother said in 2011.

Only one charge – custodial interference – is related to Mason’s trip to Florida with the teenager. All other charges stem from incidents that allegedly occurred after Dec. 1, 2010, and prior to the teenager’s 16th birthday. In Kentucky, the age of consent is 16.

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