ALBERTVILLE, Alabama — Prosecutors say a man has been charged with sexual abuse of a 4-year-old child after an investigation that began nearly a year ago.
The Marshall County District Attorney's Office says 30-year-old Adam Wayne Sparks has been charged with sexual abuse of a child under 12 and torture-willful abuse of a child.
Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Bray says police were called when two children were spotted playing in a roadway naked and unsupervised in an Albertville neighborhood in December.
The children were interviewed at the Children's Advocacy Center after police did a welfare check during the investigation.
Bray says the 4-year-old child disclosed information that led to Sparks' arrest.
Sparks is being held at the Marshall County jail. It's unclear whether Sparks has an attorney.
|Charles and Paula Allen of Pleasant Grove were arrested |
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. (Pleasant Grove Police)
A Pleasant Grove couple was arrested this morning on charges involving sex abuse of a child and pornography.
Charles Leighton Allen Jr., 47, and Paula Davidson Allen, 41, were taken into custody this morning by Jefferson County sheriff's deputies.
Pleasant Grove police Lt. Danny Reid said he couldn't disclose details of the allegations against the Allens, but said police originally launched their investigation in May when they first received a report. The abuse, Reid said, possibly happened a year ago.
Charles Allen is charged with one count of production of obscene material of a child under the age of 17. His bond is set at $60,000. Paula Allen is charged with one count of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years of age. Her bond is set at $30,000.
Both remain in the county lockup in Bessemer.
|Pleasant Grove, AL|