Man arrested in rape of Birmingham girl

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Police have charged 32-year-old Clifford
Franklin with the kidnapping and rape of a 9-year-old girl in
Birmingham two weeks ago.

Charges include first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and
first-degree kidnapping.

Franklin was arrested Friday by the Walker County sheriff's department.

Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams says Franklin is being
held at the Jefferson County Jail with no bond.

The child was kidnapped in the East Lake neighborhood, forced into a car and taken to an abandoned apartment.

Court records show Franklin, apparently homeless, has a history
of drug charges.

He pleaded guilty in 2007 to cocaine possession and was given a 10-year suspended sentence.

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