Carbon Hill mayor sex crimes case: bond reduction request

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CARBON HILL, Ala. (WIAT) -Carbon Hill Mayor James Richardson wants the court to lower his bond from a $250,000 to $250,000.

The 61-year-old is charged with several counts of sexual abuse and misconduct.

Four female inmates at the Carbon Hill Jail are the ones accusing the mayor.

A bond reduction hearing is set for Friday.

Richardson not only faces criminal charges in the case, he’s also been slapped with a civil suit by one of the women involved.

Her attorney Thomas Carmichael says she is suing the mayor and the city of Carbon Hill.

“The city should have known very quickly cause she told anybody in a position of authority whether it be a jailer anybody who would listen,” he said.

Former jailer Frank Goodson told CBS 42 about these claims back in July.

This mother of several small children is afraid to go on camera for fear of retaliation.

The other three women included in the A.G’s criminal investigation case have not filed civil suits at this time.

Richardson is allowed to remain as mayor unless he is convicted.

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