A staff attorney for Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has been terminated following his “shocking” arrest on child solicitation charges, officials said.
Chase Tristian Espy, 36, was arrested on a felony charge of child solicitation by computer late Wednesday, Jefferson County Jail records show. The deputy general counsel for Ivey was then fired early Thursday, the Republican governor’s office confirmed to The Post.
“The allegations against Mr. Espy are serious, tragic and shocking,” Ivey’s office said in a statement. “While he was employed by our office for only a few months, Mr. Espy has been terminated. As this is an ongoing investigation, no further information is available at this time.”
The alleged crime occurred on March 25. A spokeswoman for Ivey’s office did not immediately return a message seeking comment on when Espy was hired. The Vestavia Hills man was released from custody early Thursday after posting $30,000 bond, jail records show.
Espy was busted by cops in Homewood outside Birmingham, police told AL.com. Sgt. John Carr declined to provide further details, but said the arrest was part of an ongoing investigation involving crimes targeting children.
Espy, who earned his law degree from the University of Alabama, had previously served as a law clerk for then-Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions in 2009. He also worked as legislative counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, WIAT reported.
A message left on a phone listed in Espy’s name was not immediately returned and it’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney who could speak on his behalf. His LinkedIn profile that identified him as deputy general counsel in Ivey’s office was no longer available as of Friday.