By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times
After being charged in 2010 with second-degree rape, a Cullman man was found guilty in circuit court last week.
Richard Jacobs, 33, of Cullman, was found guilty on April 25, in Judge Greg Nicholas’ courtroom.
Jacobs was 30 at the time of the arrest, which took place after family members reported a female acquaintance, who was 13-years-old at the time, had accused him of rape, Captain Jon Montgomery of the Cullman County Investigative Division said.
“She was distant towards Jacobs and the family questioned her about it; she then opened up to the family,” Montgomery said. “At that point, a report was filed, and she was taken to Brooks Place to be interviewed, which she reported rape had occurred multiple times and he threatened to kill her if she ever said anything about it.”
Jacobs was convicted of statutory rape (rape second-degree), which is a class-B felony. He is being held at the Cullman County Detention Center.Sentencing has not been set.
“The district attorney did a great job prosecuting,” Montgomery said. “The CAC (Child’s Advocacy Center) was great with the child, so it all worked out well for us.”
Cullman City District Attorney Wilson Blaylock said everyone in the D.A.’s office was pleased with the outcome.
“With the efforts of the investigators and prosecution, we certainly think the right verdict was reached,” Blaylock said. “Hopefully this can be working towards helping the victim and the victim’s family find closure.”
Blaylock said Assistant District Attorney John Bryant tried the case in Cullman’s Circuit Court with Judge Greg Nicholas presiding the case and a jury of 12 people. The sentencing for Jacobs will take place at a later date. The range of a rape second-degree sentence is two to 20 years.
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