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September 23, 2009

Man arrested for allegedly molesting two children

Cullman County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man Saturday for allegedly molesting two area children.

Calvin Goble, 37, was arrested in Arab on Cullman County grand jury indictments for two counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12-years-old, one count of sodomy in the first degree and one count of sexual abuse in the first degree.

The indictments were issued June 25, but sheriff’s deputies could not locate Goble until they received a tip last week.

“We got a tip on where he may be located in Arab,” said Cullman County Sheriff Tyler Roden. “We called the Arab Police and they took him into custody, then they notified us and we arrested him.”

Roden noted that though Goble was indicted in Cullman, the case stemmed from an Arab Police Department investigation.

According to Arab police reports, the report of the alleged abuse came in February from the victims, who live in Cullman County, near the Blount County line.

“Part of their (Arab) police jurisdiction goes into Cullman County,” Roden said. “But they (suspect) still have to go through Cullman County courts because the judicial system goes by county lines.”

Further details about the case were unavailable.

Goble was incarcerated at the Cullman County Detention Center but has since been released on a combined $80,000 bond.

His arraignment hearing is set for Oct. 26.

Sodomy in the first degree is a Class A felony, punishable by up to life in prison. Sexual abuse of a child less than 12-years-old is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Sexual abuse in the first degree is a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.



‰ Patrick McCreless can be reached by e-mail at patrickm@cullmantimes.com or by telephone at 734-2131 ext. 270.

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