James Robert Burns, 62, has been arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Tuscaloosa. The charges of sexual abuse and sodomy stem from an incident that took place around 6:00 p.m. on Monday evening near the 15000 block of Beacon Point Drive. When investigators arrived on the scene in reference to a sexual assault, the teenager stated that she had been sexually abused by a man who lives at the residence. It was determined that alcohol played a large role in the incident after witnesses were interviewed and the crime scene was examined. The victim is being treated at DCH Regional Medical Center while Burns has been taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail for questioning. He is being held on a $50,000 bond.
In the state of Alabama, sexual abuse of the first-degree is a Class C felony offense that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.
First-degree sodomy is a Class A felony that is punishable by between 10-99 years in prison, fines up to $20,000, and registration as a sex offender.
If you or someone you know has been accused of a sex crime, it is important that you contact a criminal attorney to handle your case. The lawyers at Parkman White, LLP are experienced in a variety of legal matters and have a history of success in the courtroom. Call to schedule a free consultation today.