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Colbert Co. man accused of bribing rape victim with iPhone

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A Colbert County man is facing serious charges including rape and bribing a witness.

Colbert County investigators said Jesse Lee Tidwell is accused of sexually abusing a child for two years, and that he even asked the victim to lie to investigators about the crime.

Investigators said 38-year-old Tidwell promised to buy the victim a new iPhone if she lied about what happened. Deputies were able to pull phone records as well as recordings of those conversations.

Sheriff Ronnie May said it takes a lot of courage for victims to come forward and seek help from authorities. "It's critically important they come forward and/or speak to a relative and have a relative call the authorities so the person that's abusing them can be held accountable and be punished," said May.

Jesse Tidwell is being held at the Colbert County Jail without bond.

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