UAH lecturer on leave after being arrested for multiple sex abuse charges

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Courtesy Cullman County Detention Center

CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – A Huntsville man faces multiple charges, including child pornography, providing drugs to a minor, and committing sexual acts with a minor.

The Cullman County District Attorney’s Office said Michael Lee McGinnis was first arrested on Aug. 26 for attempting to illegally distribute a controlled substance, chemical endangerment of a child, and criminal solicitation to contribute a controlled substance crime.

The first batch of charges originated from a tip provided by a concerned citizen.

The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office continued investigating, seizing McGinnis’ cell phone, and while searching the phone under a warrant, investigators found he had at least 18 images of child pornography.

The Cullman County District Attorney’s Office authorized McGinnis’ arrest on 18 charges of possession of obscene matter.

However, additional charges were filed after the victim contacted the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Lee McGinnis was arrested Monday for several additional charges:

  • Traveling to meet a child for sex acts
  • Electronic soliciation of a child
  • second-degree sodomy
  • enticing a child for immoral purposes

McGinnis was a lecturer at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

According to court documents, McGinnis had images of child pornography from October 1, 2020, through September 10, 2021.

An employee at the Cullman County Detention Center confirmed McGinnis is in jail.

He has a court appearance scheduled for October 25.

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