An 82-year-old man is currently inside the Etowah County Detention Center for alleged crimes committed more than 35 years ago. WEIS Radio reports that Bobby Copeland, who currently lives in Mississippi, is being accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old male neighbor in the Southside area between the years of 1982 and 1984.
Copeland is being charged with Sodomy, Sexual Abuse, and Aggravated Child Abuse. His bond has been set at 140,000 dollars. Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton says Copeland faces similar charges in Lee and Cleburne Counties and since his arrest, investigators have been made aware of other possible victims.
Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Etowah County Criminal Investigation Division at 256-549-2183.