ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Marshall County investigators finally caught a man accused of molesting a young girl in Albertville last year.
A Marshall County grand jury indicted 27-year-old Adam Gene Bice in August, and law enforcement officers found him earlier this week, living in Blount County.
Bice is being held in the Marshall County jail on charges of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, and enticing a child into a home for immoral purposes.
“It’s good where we know he’s at now, and that he is in custody on the indictment, and at least for the time being, we know there’s not going to be any more victims out there,” assistant district attorney Chris Abel said Wednesday.
Abel said the parents of a six-year-old girl contacted Albertville Police in March 2012.
The child told officers Bice invited her to eat popcorn and candy, and see his pet birds.
That was when police say the inappropriate contact occurred.
“This child did have the knowledge that something was not right and was able to tell and did tell in a relatively quick fashion, and that’s not always the case,” Abel said.
Investigators don’t think there are additional victims but hope any others will come forward.
Abel said Bice told detectives he picked up the child to see a bird but denied intentionally making any inappropriate contact.
“Most people that are charged with these offenses know that what they do is wrong so they don’t want to admit to anything wrong, that they’ve touched a person in a wrong way, or a child in a wrong way, but some try to explain away whatever contact they may have had with a child,” Abel said.
The district attorney’s office encourages all parents to talk with their children about physical contact, and to make kids feel safe, and not embarrassed, about telling trusted adults if someone touches them inappropriately.