Joshua Herbinger, 29, is charged with four counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old, said Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney. The warrants were issued against Herbinger this afternoon.
Rigney said the young female victim reported the abuse to the School Resource Officer at her school. Police launched their investigation one week ago. "Detectives were notified immediately and the investigation has resulted in today's arrest,'' Rigney said.
The chief said the victim is not related to Herbinger. The abuse, police said, is reported to have happened over the past two to three years.
Herbinger, who has been a Birmingham police officer for about nine years, will be transferred to the Shelby County Jail where he will be held on $80,000 bond.
Rigney said the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Alabaster police Det. Andrew Pounds at 205-663-7401.
A political figure in the UK has been asked in for questioning in the in relation to historical child sex allegations involving London care homes.
The name of the individual has not been released and he has not been charged but is believed to have been in a held a senior position in the British Government and was a major figure in his political party.
The individual was also, connected to a number of high profile music figures and his arrest under caution will shock the UK political establishment.
It is understood that the individual denies all claims of historical abuse.
The allegations and interrogations under caution has not been publicised and no name has been released as is standard, but it comes as Paul Gambaccini, the BBC Radio presenter, is released from all threat of charges, after being arrested some months ago.
Gambaccini has long protested his innocence and now the Metropolitan Police say that he will not face any charges.
The political figure has been not arrested and presented himself to Police by appointment under the same controversial arrangements that Rolf Harris was initially engaged with by the Metropolitan Police.
The ramifications from this, should it proceed to charges, is expected to be of earthquake proportions in the Westminster village.
A former senior policeman who was involved in one of the early investigations into abuse by political figures has said to the Sunday World that “political interference certainly impeded investigations of political figures”.
He is reserving a great deal of his testimony and evidence for a judicial inquiry that has been set up to investigate the potential involvement of establishment figures and alleged cover up by their associates and establishment friends.
The royal commission is investigating the way Australian Christian Churches, formerly the Assemblies of God, responded to allegations of abuse.
A six-year-old girl who complained she was being sexually abused by her teacher watched a Christian pastor make a phone call to inform her mother, only to discover later he was faking the call, a royal commission has heard.
Emma Fretton began giving evidence on Friday that she was physically and sexually abused for more than four years from the age of six while a student at Northside Christian College in Bundoora in Melbourne’s north-east.
Fretton told the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse that a teacher, Kenneth Sandilands, would type out lewd stories about her family on a portable typewriter and make her sign the pages.
“He would make me repeat the stories and agree they were true,” she said, adding that if she denied the stories or asked him to stop, he would beat her with a wooden paddle.
She was also touched inappropriately by the teacher, along with at least six other girls.
The commission heard that at least 63 students considered joining a civil action against Sandilands, who was jailed for two years for indecent assault in 2001.
The royal commission is investigating the way Australian Christian Churches, formerly the Assemblies of God, responded to allegations of abuse against Sandilands and two other men.
Fretton said she raised the abuse with officials at the school and the Northside Christian Centre – now Encompass Church – early on, and was told the school “know what [Sandilands] is like”, and assured her “he will get fired and he won’t be your teacher anymore”.
“I was told not to say anything to anyone,” she said.
Fretton said she watched a former pastor at the school, the Rev Denis Smith, make a phone call to her mother to attend a meeting about the abuse, but was told “she couldn’t make it”.
Later Fretton said she discovered: “My mother had not been told by the school.”
A lawyer for Smith denied his client had been in the room for these meetings.
Sandilands was assigned as the victim’s teacher for the next two years. Fretton continued to raise complaints about his abuse, but said she was told the school would “look into it”.
Five students including Fretton commenced civil proceedings against Sandilands and the school in 2000, but one committed suicide before the settlement. Fretton herself collapsed during a mediation session. She was eventually paid $225,000 compensation including legal costs.
“For me, as a six-year-old girl, going to school was the scariest thing,” she said. “I can’t trust people because I’m scared. I’ve got a son, and he goes to creche, and I’m even scared with them.”
She said the abuse had “destroyed her faith in the Lord”.
Man who pretended to be a minister charged with child sex abuse
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Presque Isle police say they have arrested a man who pretended to be a minister and sexually abused children.
Police say 67-year-old James Morgan of Fort Fairfield was arrested Wednesday and charged with gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact, and unlawful sexual touching. It’s not clear if Morgan has a lawyer.
Police say they know of two alleged victims under the age of 12 and there may be more.
Chief Matt Irwin says Morgan traveled around the state and even to Canada with children to a number of religious activities over the last few years.
Irwin says Morgan may have been a clergyman in the past.
According to the college’s website, Morgan was chaplain at Northern Maine Community College and the University of Maine-Presque Isle.
Islamic Husband to 12 Year Old Child Bride Pleads Guilty to Ongoing Child Sex Abuse
The Lebanese student, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty in Burwood local court on Thursday to one count of persistent sexual abuse of a child, which carries a 25-year maximum jail sentence.
The charge takes in 25 counts of sexual intercourse with a child between 10 and 14, with which the man was originally charged.
He has been ordered not to contact his victim for two years, and a date for sentencing will be decided next week.
Police allege the man married the Hunter Valley girl in an Islamic ceremony in January. His “bride” has since turned 13.
The girl’s father will face trial next year.
The man has had his student visa cancelled and is now living in an immigration detention centre in Villawood.