Former Anniston police officer charged with sex abuse
by Rachael Brown
Aug 02, 2013 | 13902 views |  0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A former Anniston police officer was charged Thursday with sexually abusing a child younger than 12, court records online show.

The 39-year-old Wellington man allegedly sexually abused a girl from November 2009 until July, according to the warrant for his arrest.

Anniston police Chief Shane Denham said the former patrol officer of five years resigned on July 23.

Denham said that when his office found out several weeks ago that the Alabama Bureau of Investigation was looking into abuse allegations, the man was placed on administrative leave.

Attempts to reach an ABI investigator this evening were unsuccessful.

“As far as I’m concerned he’s an ex-officer. If he broke the law he should be prosecuted to the full extent. My words to him were ‘If you did this your best interest would be to leave, because we’re going to fire you,’” Denham said.

The chief said his office conducted an internal investigation, but he would not discuss its findings.

The former police officer was in the Cleburne County Jail this afternoon, online records showed. A cash bond is set at $500,000. A court appearance for the man is scheduled for Sept. 5.

The Star typically withholds the identities of those charged with sex crimes unless they are convicted or plead guilty, because the stigma associated with such charges can linger even if the charges are dropped or the suspect is exonerated.

Staff Writer Rachael Brown: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RBrown_Star.

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