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September 15, 2014

Former Calhoun County man indicted on multiple sex crimes against minors

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Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 5:58 pm | Updated: 6:12 pm, Wed Jun 25, 2014.

A former Calhoun County man faces multiple sex crimes charges against young girls, some of which occurred more than a decade ago.

Billy Wayne Cooper, 45, was indicted by a Calhoun County grand jury on May 6, charged with nine sexual abuse crimes against three girls between 1999 and 2004. Those crimes occurred in several areas in Calhoun County, according to a press release from the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.

The release says “no further information about the investigation or about Cooper’s alleged crimes, other than what is stated in the indictment, is available.”

Cooper is currently serving a prison sentence at the United States Military Detention Barracks in Fort Leavenworth for previous convictions of several sex crimes on Army posts in Washington state and in Germany, according to the release.

Court records in an unrelated case state Cooper lived in Jacksonville and worked at General Dynamics at the Anniston Army Depot.

Cooper’s latest charges are:

•  Second-degree sexual abuse of a victim less than 16 years old but more than  12 years old, a misdemeanor.

•  Second-degree attempted rape of a victim less than 16 years old but more than 12 years old, a felony.

•   First-degree sexual abuse of a victim less than 12 years old, a felony.

•   Second-degree sexual abuse of a victim less than 16 years old but more than 12 years old, a misdemeanor.

•    First-degree sodomy of a victim less than 12 years old, a felony.

•   First-degree rape of a victim less than 12 years old, a felony.

•   Second-degree sodomy of a victim less than 16 years old but more than 12 years old, a felony.

•    Second-degree rape of a victim less than 16 years old but more than 12 years old, a felony.

•    Second-degree sexual abuse of a victim less than 16 years old but more than 12 years old, a misdemeanor.

If found guilty, Cooper could be sentenced to life in prison.

Cooper’s charges were the result of a combined investigation by the Attorney General’s cold case unit, the Calhoun County District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division, according to the release.

The cold case unit typically accepts cases in which there is DNA evidence, according to the release, but it was unclear Wednesday if Cooper’s case involved such evidence.

Attempts Wednesday afternoon to reach the Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division for comment were unsuccessful.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Weems, who assisted in the investigation, said Wednesday that Cooper is to be arraigned by Aug. 4, but that the exact date has not been set.

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