BAY MINETTE, Alabama — A north Alabama man was on “a five-day meth binge” when he groped a teenager in Magnolia Springs earlier this month, according to sheriff’s officials.
Jerry Wayne Alford, 41, of Harvest in Madison County was booked into the Baldwin County Correction Center March 7 following the incident and remained there as of Friday.
According to jail records, the charges included first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree burglary, first-degree possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor attempting to elude police. His bail totaled $590,000, according to jail records. But a police report from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office indicated that a “no bond” would be added.
According to sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Anthony Lowery, Alford was on a 5-day meth binge and had been dropped off in the Magnolia Estates area on Highland Circle early in on the morning of March 7 when he began going from house to house asking to use a phone to get a ride. When a 14-year-old girl, answered the knock, she closed the door to get the phone but then Alford opened it and followed her inside, according to investigators. The girl sent a text message to her mother, who was not at home, and the mother notified deputies, according to investigators.
The girl told deputies Alford touched her inappropriately and tried to get her to take drugs before fleeing, deputies said. Authorities found Alford in a vehicle on Magnolia Acres Drive. He fled on foot but was caught. Alford was taken to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center after telling the deputy he had swallowed some drugs. A small bag of marijuana was removed from his stomach, according to sheriff’s officials.