Assistant at Red Bay School arrested on sex abuse charges

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RED BAY,  Ala. - A volunteer teacher assistant at Red Bay School has been arrested following accusations of sexual misconduct toward students.

According to jail logs, James Lamar Horton was taken into custody late Wednesday.

The arrest comes after complaints about Horton having inappropriate contact with students at Red Bay Elementary. Accusations began to surface shortly after the winter break was over. According to sources familiar with the investigation, more than five families came forward, saying Horton had inappropriate contact with their children.

Red Bay police quickly turned the case over to the State Bureau of Investigation and Department of Human Resources.

After interviewing possible witnesses during an investigation that spanned several weeks, the SBI received enough information to secure an arrest warrant.

Horton's charges include criminal surveillance, two counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, and four counts of indecent exposure.

Because the case involves minors, SBI is limited as to what they can release at this time. According to the Franklin County Jail, Horton's bond is set at $200,000.


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