BROOKNEAL, Virginia – Just as you enter the town of Brookneal on Route 501, there’s a bright yellow billboard that’s hard to miss. Tamara Martin paid for the advertisement, to share a message about her estranged father. The sign reads: “Earl Pillow of Brookneal has multiple convictions for sex crimes against children.” “I had to do something positive with this to keep it from just chewing me up,” explained Martin. Court documents list Martin and her sister as victims of sexual assault. Their father, Earl Pillow, pleaded guilty to the crime. Because the offenses happened in the mid-1970s, Pillow is not listed in the Virginia sex offender registry. You also won’t find his conviction posted in online court records. READ MORE HERE
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