Gregory Erik Cantrell is Founder and CEO of 1-800 DRYCARPET, and a member of the IFA (International Franchise Association).
He is also a sex offender who pleaded guilty to repeatedly molesting a 12-year-old female relative, then tried to get his own sweetheart plea deal reduced.
(UnhappyFranchisee.Com) Gregory Erik Cantrell pleaded guilty in November 2010 to three counts of committing lewd acts upon a child under 14.
He signed a written form entitled “ADVISEMENT AND WAIVER OF RIGHTS FOR A FELONY GUILTY PLEA,” initialing a paragraph providing he understood the form and discussed it with counsel.
Defendant initialed other paragraphs reflecting the plea agreement’s basic terms. One paragraph provided he understood the charged offenses carried a possible penalty of 12 years in state prison. Another paragraph provided he understood the court would “[c]onsider [his] application for probation,” but might “deny [his] application for probation and sentence [him] to state prison for a maximum period of 3 years…”
Despite signing a plea agreement that waived his right of appeal, he tried to appeal anyway. The appeal was denied. He is currently serving the remainder of his 3-year sentence.
According to a story in the OC Weekly:
Cantrell was charged and convicted of domestic violence in 2006–winning two days in jail and probation.
The following year prosecutors at the Orange County District Attorney’s office learned of the molestations and filed three felony sex crime charges, according to court records.
In 2010, the Newport Beach resident pleaded guilty in exchange for a sweetheart deal and in 2011 Superior Court Judge Daniel B. McNerney sent him to prison.
But the molester–who owns a federal trademark, The Power of Dry, for a carpet cleaning product–wasn’t happy with his plea bargain. He hired William J. Kopeny, one of California’s best appellate lawyers, to overturn his punishment. His point? He believes he should have been given probation and not a single day of incarceration.
For Justice Raymond Ikola at the California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana the decision on the complaint was simple: no…
Upshot: Cantrell, 49, will remain locked inside La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona for the remainder of his sentence.
He also must list himself as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Greg Cantrell’s 1-800-DryCarpet franchise website still pitches his franchise opportunity, and features the bogus franchise success statistics that UnhappyFranchisee.Com has dubbed The Franchise Lie.
Another Orange County, CA franchise salesman made news earlier this year when Stratus Building Solutions’ Shazer Fernando Limas was charged with the brutal murder of his girlfriend and their two young boys.
Read the sad story here: Shazer Fernando Limas: The “Killer” Franchise Salesman of Stratus Building Solutions.
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