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Man charged with sexual abuse of child

Another man has been charged with a sex crime against a minor in Troy.

Isriel Morrill, 31, was arrested last Friday for allegedly sexually abusing a 6-year-old child.

After a complaint was filed late that Tuesday, a warrant was issued for Morrill’s arrest on Thursday. He was arrested by the Troy Police Department the following day.

“The allegations are sexual abuse,” said Troy Police spokesperson Benny Scarbrough.

“The allegations allegedly occurred between February 2010 and May of 2010. The victim in this case was 6-years-old.”

Scarbrough said the person who filed the complaint was the victim’s mother, and she was an acquaintance of the perpetrator.

“They had apparently known one-another for at least two years,” he said.

Morrill is listed as an Ariton resident, but he may have been living with the mother of the victim for a period of time.

The suspect was apprehended at approximately 1 p.m. at the Pike County Courthouse.

“Once he was arrested he was transported to the city jail, he was processed and he was later transferred to the Pike County Jail.”

As of press-time Tuesday, Morrill was still in custody on $50,000 bond.

After the original complaint was made, the victim was transferred to Troy Regional Medical Center for an examination.

Scarbrough said the Department of Human Resources is also involved in the investigation.

First-degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony, and the code of Alabama provides that a person is guilty of it if they “subject another person to sexual contact by forcible compulsion” or “subject another person to sexual contact who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless or mentally incapacitated.”

If convicted, Morrill faces one to 10 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.