Allegations against Carbon Hill mayor first arose in July

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CARBON HILL, Ala. (WIAT) — CBS42 News first heard allegations of sexual misconduct surrounding Carbon Hill Mayor James Richardson at the end of July.

We talked with several people in Carbon Hill including one of the women making the allegations. At the time, she was not willing to go on the record with her complaints.

In July, CBS42’s Cynthia Gould did interview the Mayor about the accusations.

She also talked with a former jail guard about what he saw while on duty.

Richardson was arrested Thursday after an investigation by the Alabama attorney general’s office.

He was taken to the jail around 10 p.m. on Thursday evening.

Richardson faces four counts of first-degree sexual abuse, four counts of custodial sexual misconduct, two counts of harassment and one count of soliciting a prostitute.

He allegedly “subjected four separate victims to sexual contact by forcible compulsion”, according to a release from Alabama attorney general’s office.

He also allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with some of the victims while they were in the Carbon Hill City Jail. He’s also is charged with soliciting prostitution from one of the victims.

If Richardson is found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty of one to ten years in prison for each of the four first-degree sexual abuse charges and for each count of custodial sexual misconduct.

Richardson faces up to one year in prison for the charge of soliciting prostitution.

The two harassment charges carry penalties of up to three months in prison.

To read the amended complaint against Richardson, click here.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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