CARBON HILL —
Authorities arrested Carbon Hill Mayor James “Pee Wee” Richardson late Thursday on sex crime charges after six female victims reported assaults, some of which allegedly occured while they were being held in the Carbon Hill City Jail.
A Walker County grand jury issued an indictment against Richardson, 61, Thursday for four counts of first-degree sexual abuse, four counts of custodial sexual misconduct, two counts of harassment and one count of soliciting prostitution, Attorney General Luther Strange announced in a press release Friday.
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.
Special Agents of the Attorney General’s Office took Richardson to the Walker County Jail Thursday night after the joint investigation by the offices of the Attorney General and Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair. Richardson remained in jail Friday with a cash bond of $250,000.
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.
Alabama law states that when an officeholder is convicted of a felony, the office is vacated from the time of conviction.
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