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Attorney: Bessemer kidnapping suspect is former Montgomery cop

George David Salum. Source: Bessemer Police Department George David Salum. Source: Bessemer Police Department

The man accused of kidnapping a woman and trying to kidnap a teenage girl in Bessemer is a former Montgomery police officer, a Montgomery attorney confirms.

Julian McPhillips, a former attorney for kidnapping suspect George David Salum, says Salum was a former Montgomery police officer.

Salum is accused of offering a 13-year-old girl $20 to get into his car with him on May 21 in Bessemer. She refused and ran away, and her mother reported the incident to police.

Hours later, Bessemer police spotted Salum's car and a police chase ensued. During the chase, officers noticed a woman in the passenger's seat, apparently putting up a fight.

Police pulled over Salum's car in Hoover and took him into custody. The woman in the car said she was walking from a friend's house when Salum pulled over and forced her into his car. While he was driving, he also asked her for sexual favors, Bessemer police say.

Salum was charged with kidnapping, enticing of a child to enter a vehicle for immoral purposes, attempting to elude the police, and resisting arrest. He was booked into the Jefferson County Jail Friday, May 23.

George David Salum was previously convicted of selling a police officer's ID photo to a drug kingpin. Salum was a former police lieutenant with the Montgomery Police Department, according to reports from our sister station WSFA.

Salum was indicted in 2005 on two counts, one for obstruction of justice and the other for obtaining information from a department agency for the purpose of financial gain.

His trial also revealed that Salum was taking psychotropic drugs for several mental health problems, WSFA reported.

Salum went to federal prison in 2007 to serve a two and a half year sentence.

His former attorney Julian McPhillips said he was surprised that Salum was facing the new charges in Jefferson County.

"I was surprised to read the allegations because my recollections of representing hime nine years ago, he was a fairly decent fellow. who cared about his wife and family. I don't know what has happened since then," McPhillips said.

McPhillips said Salum has some psychological issues form being in prison.

"I think whenever you feel like you shouldn't be here, it will have a psychological impact on a person. And it did on him," McPhillips said.

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