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Valley man charged with sex abuse of a minor

LANETT – A Valley man has been indicted on sexual abuse of a minor charges by a Chambers County grand jury, according to documents from the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office.

Quintez Jackson, 23, has been officially charged with sexual abuse of a child 12 years of age or under and second-degree sexual abuse.

The sexual abuse charge of a child is a Class B felony in Alabama. If convicted, it is punishable by a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 20 years in prison, based on state statute.

Sexual abuse in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor unless a person commits a second or subsequent offense of sexual abuse in the second degree within one year of another sexual offense, then, the offense is considered a Class C felony.

A Class C felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The Lanett Police Department made the original arrest of Jackson Oct. 12, 2017, after obtaining an arrest warrant. Lanett Captain Richard Casner said Monday that the arrest was made after a report was made by a family member Sept. 9, 2017, in Lanett.

Casner said due to the nature of the case, few details are allowed to be released.

As soon as Jackson was arrested in October, Casner said the process started in the Chambers County District Attorney Office to charge him. The DA convened a grand jury to see if there was enough evidence to move forward with a trial process. In Alabama, a grand jury must take place to charge a person with a felony and go through the trial process.

According to state statute, a grand jury simply has to find probable cause that a crime did happen, based on facts — usually only from a prosecutor.

Based on the documents from the sheriff’s office, the grand jury did find probable cause, charging Jackson with the two crimes.

Calls to the District Attorney’s office seeking comment or more information about a possible court date were not returned Monday.

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