Calhoun County authorities charged a Pell City man Monday after, they said, he sexually abused a child for nearly five years.

The 32-year-old man was charged by the Calhoun-Cleburne Major Crimes Unit with sexual abuse of a child younger than 12 years old.

According to the man’s arrest warrant, he sexually abused a girl younger than 12 between June 2013 and April 2018.

An attempt to reach the major crimes unit for more information on the man’s arrest was not immediately successful.

The man was booked into jail with bond set at $7,500 and released on bond, according to court documents. 

The Star typically withholds the names of those accused of sex crimes until they are convicted or plead guilty, as the stigma that can accompany such charges can linger even if the charges are dropped or the suspect is exonerated. The Star does not publish the names of victims of sex crimes.

Sexual abuse of a child younger than 12 is a Class B felony, which can result in up to two decades in prison and up to a $60,000 fine upon conviction, according to court documents.

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