A 69-year-old Gadsden man has been charged with child sex abuse after a missing girl's parents found their daughter at his home.
When they arrived, the child's parents had already found their daughter at Edwards' home.
Investigators searched Edwards' home and found child pornography inside.
Deputies arrested Edwards on Nov. 30 and charged him with sexual abuse of a child less than 12, production of obscene matter and possession of child pornography.
He is being held on a $150,000 cash bond in the Etowah County Detention Center.
|Gadsden, northeast Alabama, once the home of Goodyear Tire and Republic Steel|
Feds nab Tahlequah, Oklahoma man in Chicago for charges of child sex abuse
Federal authorities in Chicago have arrested a Tahlequah author and former corrections officer accused of sexually abusing a young family member.
Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said Dale W. Jackson, 31, was arrested by federal authorities when he arrived in Chicago following a trip to Japan.
Jackson was formally charged in Cherokee County District Court Monday with sexual abuse of a child under age 12. Prosecutors allege Jackson performed lewd and indecent acts to the girl.
His Cherokee County bond has been set at $50,000, court documents show.
The girl disclosed several instances of alleged sexual abuse from Jackson. She claimed, during the interview, that the sexual contact occurred in a Park Hill-area home – once when another adult family member was asleep and a second child was in another room.
During the interview, the alleged victim claimed Jackson would allow her to play games on his cellular telephone after he touched her.
Chennault said the girl also alleges Jackson took nude photographs of her body with his cell phone. The girl was unable to tell officials how many times Jackson had taken photos of her, but said that on some occasions, Jackson was also undressed when he took the pictures.
The victim said Jackson “told her on two occasions, ‘Don’t tell anyone,’” Chennault reported.
|Tahlequah, Capitol of Oklahoma Cherokee Nation|
Jury convicts Chicago-area man of child sex abuse
CARPENTSERVILLE, Illinois — A jury has found a Chicago-area man guilty of sexually assaulting a child over a three-year period.
The Kane County state's attorney's office said Sergio Tinajero of Carpentersville was convicted Wednesday of predatory sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual abuse after the jury deliberated for about 2 ½ hours. The 54-year-old faces 27 to 127 years in prison when he is sentenced in February.
Police say Tinajero abused the child who was under the age of 13 between 2009 and 2012 at his home. Police started investigating after a school counselor reported overhearing the victim telling a friend about the assaults.
Tinajero had been free on $15,000 bond but it was revoked upon his conviction. He will have to register as a sex offender if he is released.
Carpentersville is a village of about 38,000 just northwest of Chicago.
Parents of autistic child sue Novi schools for sex abuse
A federal lawsuit has been filed against Novi Community Schools that alleges a student was sexually assaulted at Novi Middle School over a period of several months.
In a 43 page complaint filed on December 1 with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division, the parents of a 13-year-old boy are alleging the minor was sexually abused by another student at the middle school. The school district and four staff members are named as part of the suit.
The suit's allegations state incidents of sexual abuse occurred on multiple occasions during a special education English Language Arts class, on a virtually daily basis during a special education Math class, and on at least one occasion in another class.
According to the complaint, both students were part of the school's special education program. The 13-year-old plaintiff has an Autism Spectrum Disorder and the alleged perpetrator suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Unspecified Mood Disorder.
The time line began in September 2013 and continued until February 26, 2014, and allegedly included intimidation, threats, coercion, grooming, and manipulation, and the perpetrator repeatedly and systematically sexually abused the 13-year-old plaintiff during classes at NMS.
The complaint also alleges, "Under numerous Novi School District written policies, every one of these improper touching incidents should have generated a parental contact, but there was no such parental contact. "
It goes on to state if the Novi School District had notified the parents when it first learned of this behavior, the plaintiff would have been spared months of molestation, abuse, and terror.
Overall, the complaint cites the staff and Novi School district did not properly act to protect the victim yet knew about the harassment.
|Novi is a city of about 55,000, 25 miles northwest of the center of Detroit|