Two men from Alabama have been arrested on separate sodomy and rape charges.

levi_swearingen.jpgLevi Swearingen, 20, from Cottonwood Alabama, part of the Dothan, Alabama Metropolitan area is being accused of sodomizing a 14 year old girl multiple times over a 9 month period of time.

He is being charged with a dozen felony counts of second degree sodomy and a single misdemeanor count of second degree sex abuse. Apparently Swearingen had been under investigation about a month according to Cottonwood Police Chief Jim Smith. The evidence against Swearingen includes a search warrant at an Internet social networking website for multiple messages. During his time with the girl she did turn 15.

Smith said, “There was no force involved in these acts and it was consensual, but she can’t consent because of her age.” Bt I have to ask what is a 20 year old man doing with a 14 year old girl to begin with.

Swearingen was taken to the Houston County Jail and he is being held on a $62,500 bond, although he was already out on bond for charges that he burglarized Cottonwood High School last month.

In a separate case in Alabama a man from Dothan has been arrested and charged with sodomy and rape of a 5 year old girl from Slocomb, Alabama.

kenneth_paul_crenshaw.jpgKenneth Paul Crenshaw, 56, was arrested and charged with felony first degree rape, felony first degree sodomy and felony sex abuse of a child under the age of 12. He has been charged with sexually assaulting the girl three separate times over a period of three months. This child also had a birthday during this so she is now 6 years old.

Crenshaw was jailed at the Houston County Jail where he later posted a $30,000 bond.

The first degree rape and first degree sodomy charges which are both class A felony crimes, could land Crenshaw behind bars from 10 to 99 years or life in prison. The sex abuse of a child under the age of 12 is a class B felony and it can get him from 2 to 20 years in prison.

The thought of both of these cases tears my stomach out but for a 56 year old man to do this to a 5 year old child is so sick. I look at his picture and I want to throw up. I hope these men get the maximum sentence if they are indeed guilty. I have to ask though where the parents of this baby were during all this and how come it went unnoticed while it was happening. Why did it take so long to be reported? How did Crenshaw get the opportunity to do this to her over a three month period? So many questions with no answers, saddens me.

I suppose that the only good thing about this news is that the two girls are still alive. Thank God for that but I do pray this 6 year old child doesn’t have to suffer too much in her life. My heart goes out to her and her family.

Jan Barrett

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