published Friday, September 20th, 2013

Carbon Hill, Ala., mayor arrested on sex charges

JASPER, Ala. — An Alabama mayor is facing several sex charges following his arrest.

WBRC-TV reports that Carbon Hill Mayor James Richardson was handcuffed and taken to the Walker County Jail by agents with the Alabama Attorney General's office Thursday night.

Walker County Jail records show that Richardson was booked on a total of 11 charges. They include four counts of first-degree sexual abuse; four counts of custodial sexual misconduct, two counts of harassment and one count of soliciting a prostitute.

As he was being led into jail, he was asked by a reporter if the charges were true and he said they were not. He declined to comment further.

WBMA-TV reports that Richardson was being held on bonds totaling $250,000.

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