Lauderdale County man accused of raping distant relative

FLORENCE, Ala. – A Lauderdale County teen was indicted on a major felony Friday. He’s accused of sexually assaulting a female teenager over the summer, according to the Florence Police Department.

18-year-old Anthony Stults turned himself to authorities on Thursday after finding out of his indictment for the charge of rape first degree.

FPD says an alleged incident happened at a home in the city late June. Investigators say Stults and the victim were at a mutual friend’s home and spent the night.

During that night, the victim told police Stults forced himself on her in a sexual nature without her permission. Investigators tell us the victim is a distant relative of Anthony Stults.

The victim’s family came to police in July, one month after the attack. Since that time the sexual crimes unit of the Florence Police Department has been working the case and presented their findings to a grand jury last week.

At last report, Stults was still being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center on bail totaling $50,000.

According to court records, Anthony Stults will be formally arraigned on the charge of rape on October 31st in the chambers of Judge Ben Graves.

Rape first degree is a Class A felony and punishable by ten years to life in prison if convicted. Anthony Stults is charged as an adult at this time.