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Carbon Hill Mayor James Richardson arrested on sex charges

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Carbon Hill Mayor James Richardson. (Walker County Jail) Carbon Hill Mayor James Richardson. (Walker County Jail)

City of Carbon Hill Mayor James Richardson was arrested Thursday night on various sex charges, according to Walker County Jail records.

Richardson, 61, was booked into the jail shortly after 10 p.m., charged with four counts of first-degree sexual abuse, four counts of custodial sexual misconduct, two counts of harassment and one count of soliciting prostitution. He is currently being held on bonds totaling $250,000.

Release from Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange's office Friday morning:

"A joint investigation by the Walker County District Attorney's Office and the Attorney General's Office resulted in evidence that was presented to a Walker County grand jury.  The grand jury returned an indictment yesterday that charges Richardson with four counts of first-degree sexual abuse, four counts of custodial sexual misconduct, two counts of harassment and one count of soliciting prostitution.

"Specifically, the indictment charges that Richardson subjected four separate victims to sexual contact by forcible compulsion and also that he engaged in sexual conduct with some of the victims while they were in the custody of the Carbon Hill City Jail. Additionally, Richardson is charged with soliciting prostitution from one of these four victims. The harassment counts involve acts against two different female victims.

"No further information about the investigation or about Richardson's alleged crimes other than that stated in the indictment may be released at this time.

"If convicted, Richardson faces a maximum penalty of one to ten years for each count of first-degree sexual abuse and for each count of custodial sexual misconduct, both of which are class C felonies. Soliciting prostitution is a class A misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to one year imprisonment, and harassment is a class C misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to three months imprisonment.

"Furthermore, Section 36-9-2 of the Code of Alabama states that when an officeholder is convicted of a felony, the office is vacated from the time of conviction."

ABC 33/40 will continue to follow this story and provide updates as more information is made available.

 

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