(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Troy King announced the indictment of an Enterprise man for multiple sex crimes.
Joe A. Contreras was served notice of the indictment at the Coffee County Jail, where he has been held without bond since his arrest March 4 on a warrant charging first-degree sodomy.
Attorney General King’s Office presented evidence to a Coffee County grand jury, resulting in the indictment of Contreras on April 21.
Specifically, the indictment charges Contreras with two counts of first-degree sodomy, one count of first-degree rape, and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child under age 12.
One of the sodomy counts in the indictment covers the same act alleged previously in the warrant.
If convicted, Contreras faces a maximum penalty of 20 years to life imprisonment for each count of sodomy and rape, which are Class A felonies.
First-degree sexual abuse of a child under age 12 is a class B felony, punishable by two to 20 years imprisonment.
As a convicted sex offender, he would also be subject to the notification and registration requirements of Alabama law.
"After allegations of this crime were brought to my office, the matter was reviewed by investigators and I assigned it to my Family Protection Unit for appropriate action,” said Attorney General King.
“Because of the seriousness of the alleged crime, an initial charge was made in a warrant. Additional evidence was presented to the grand jury, which acted to bring additional charges in an indictment.”
No further information about the investigation or about Contreras’ alleged crimes may be released at this time.
The case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Investigations Division and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, the Enterprise Police Department and the Fort Rucker Criminal Investigation Division and Fort Rucker Military Police.