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Ford arrested on child sex abuse charges

Published 12:00pm Tuesday, February 5, 2013

ACPD officer fired, currently held on $50,000 bond

Alexander City Police officer Michael P. Ford, 49, of Alexander City, has been arrested and charged with multiple counts


of sexual abuse of a child.

The arrest comes following a joint investigation between the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department and the Alexander City police into alleged sexual abuse violations.

Ford was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and one count of tampering with evidence.

Ford’s bond was set at $50,000 Monday. He remains in police custody.

Sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 is a Class B felony. According to the Code of Alabama, this crime occurs when an individual 16 or older subjects a person less than 12 years old to sexual contact.

Ford was immediately terminated from the Alexander City Police Department. Ford was serving as supply officer for the department and as the department’s firing range control officer.

“I appreciate the professional work done by the investigators with the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department along with the detectives of this department throughout this investigation,” said ACPD Chief Charles Rafford. “As a community, as a city and as a department, we cannot and will not tolerate criminal behavior by any member of this police department. Once such behavior is discovered, we move quickly to remove that offender.”

This case is still under investigation.