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Ford faces four counts

Published 12:04pm Friday, February 8, 2013

Former ACPD officer’s bail increases with new sexual abuse charge

The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department announced late Thursday that former Alexander City Police Officer Michael Ford, 49, was charged with an additional count of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.

Ford, who remains in police custody, was served with the additional count Wednesday.

Ford was first arrested and charged with three counts of sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 12 and one count of tampering with evidence on Feb. 1.

Ford’s bond, which was originally set at $50,000, has been increased to $55,000.

He now faces four counts of sexual abuse of a minor under 12, which 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 in accordance with Alexander City’s personnel handbook.

“Section 7.10 of our personnel handbook authorizes the mayor, if he determines there is sufficient information to indicate that rules or standards of employment have been violated, to take appropriate disciplinary action including suspension without pay or dismissal, whatever the case may warrant,” ACPD Chief Charles Rafford said in an earlier interview with The Outlook.

Ford has the option to appeal his termination.

Ford was serving as supply officer for the department and as the department’s firing range control officer.

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