Reports are vague, but 38-year-old Tuskegee Police Officer Levy Kelly was detained by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation on Thursday, December 13, 2012 and charged with three counts of second-degree rape with a minor and three counts of enticement of a child for immoral purposes.
Alabama law (Section 13A-6-62) states rape in the second degree is defined as:
“A male commits the crime of rape in the second degree if: Being 16 years old or older, he engages in sexual intercourse with a female less than 16 and more than 12 years old; provided, however, the actor is at least two years older than the female. He engages in sexual intercourse with a female who is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally defective. Rape in the second degree is a Class B felony,” which means these crimes could carry a punishment of 2 to 20 years behind bars. The minimum increases to ten years if the Class B felony was committed with the use of a deadly weapon.
Alabama’s 2012 updated statute 13A-6-69 (a): Enticement of a child
“It shall be unlawful for any person with lascivious intent to entice, allure, persuade, or invite, or attempt to entice, allure, persuade, or invite, any child under 18 years of age to enter any vehicle, room, house, office, or other place for the purpose of proposing to such child the performance of an act of sexual intercourse or an act which constitutes the offense of sodomy or for the purpose of proposing the fondling or feeling of the sexual or genital parts of such child or the breast of such child, or for the purpose of committing an aggravated assault on such child, or for the purpose of proposing that such child fondle or feel the sexual or genital parts of such person.”
Innocent or not, stories of abuse of power like this rock the confidence people have in their protectors.