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Former prosecutor charged with arson

VALLEY — A former Chambers County prosecutor has been arrested on arson charges.

Roland Lewis Sledge, 64, of Valley, was arrested and charged with second-degree arson in connection with the Oct. 21 burning of a 305 U.S. Hwy. 29 home, near Valley High School. No one was injured in the blaze.

Sledge, who is also the owner of the damaged property, confessed to setting the fire during an interview, Maj. Mike Reynolds with the Valley Police Department said.

Reynolds noted that it was during a second interview that Sledge confessed.

“Usually the person who has the most to gain from the incident is focused on first,” he said.

Assisting with the investigation was the Alabama State Fire Marshall’s office and investigator from Alfa Insurance.

After being booked, Sledge was taken before District Court Judge Calvin Milford, where his previous bond for theft charges was revoked. He was taken to Russell County Jail where, he is currently being held.

Sledge, a former assistant district attorney in Chambers County, was terminated after allegations surfaced he was practicing as a private attorney and allegedly misappropriated funds while acting as a conservator for a minor child, according to an official release. Sledge was charged in the case.

In other police action, on Jan. 1 a 36-year-old woman reported to Valley police she was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance at her residence in the 20 block of Boyd Circle, according to an official report. She was assaulted over a three-hour period and was able to get away to call police from a neighbor’s phone.

The suspect in the case met with detectives and gave a full admission.

Gregory Larson Travis, 43, of West Point, was arrested and charged with four counts of rape 1st degree, police reports state. Travis was booked at the Valley Police Department and then transported to the Chambers County Detention Facility to await a bond hearing.