82-year-old Southside man arrested for sexually assaulting child in 80s

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SOUTHSIDE, Ala. (WIAT) — The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office an 82-year-old man accused of sexually abusing a minor from 1982-1984.

Bobby Wallis Copeland was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse and aggravated child abuse.

Since Copeland’s arrest, additional alleged victims have come forward as well.

Copeland faces charges in Cleburne and Lee County as well. He is at the Etowah County Detention Center on a $140,000 bond.

The investigation is still ongoing. The ECSO is asking that if anyone has information relevant to this case to call them immediately.

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