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Shoals teen charged in sodomy of eight-year-old

By Nick Lough - bio | email

LEIGHTON, AL (WAFF) - A Shoals teen finds himself locked up in a juvenile detention facility accused of trying to sexually assault an eight-year-old.

"We had the family come to us on Sunday, [they] made a statement a young lady, eight-years-old, was sexually touched," said Leighton Police Chief Ray Hayse.

The incident between a 15-year-old Leighton teen and the young girl all happened in an abandoned barn right across from the city hall and police station according to Hayse.

"She was playing with her brother who is approximately the same age," said Hayse. "He enticed them into the barn. The brother saw what was happening and ran out screaming and hollering yelling for someone to help and at that point the suspect fled on foot," said Chief Hayse.

According to investigators, the two young children did not know too much about the suspect, only that they recognized him from school, but while flipping through a yearbook the victim and witness were able to identify him to police.

"He was charged with sodomy and enticing a child for immoral purposes," said Hayse. 

Police made the arrest while the teen was at school on Tuesday.

The suspect remained in a juvenile detention facility in Tuscumbia where he is expected to have a hearing on the charges this Friday.

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