Former SRO charged with sex crimes involving a minor

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. - A former school resource officer is facing nine counts of sexual related charges involving a minor.

The charges stem from a case that happened more than 10 years ago.

Lee Perry Jr. was indicted on sex related charges Monday by a grand jury. Perry, a former Jackson County Sheriff's Office Deputy, served as a school resource officer in 2003 and 2004, according to Sheriff Chuck Phillips. He also worked as a Skyline Police officer.

"Back then, we investigated a case involving a 13-year-old female that supposedly he was involved in sexually," Sheriff Phillips said. But after an investigation, Perry didn't face any charges.

"At that time, the victim didn't want to pursue any charges. And now that she is an adult, she has come forth and the case was presented to the last grand jury that we had," Sheriff Phillips said.

Perry was arrested late Sunday night on nine counts of sexual related charges involving a minor. Sheriff Phillips said he believes the  charges stem exclusively from Perry's time as a school resource officer.

The name of the school Perry was assigned to is not being released. He resigned in 2004 after the investigation, Sheriff Phillips said.

"That's the only victim we're aware of. That's the only one that's ever come forth and said anything like this," Sheriff Phillips added.

Perry was released from jail Monday morning on bond.