Dothan School Aide Convicted of Attempted Sodomy

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A jury has convicted a former aide at a
Dothan school on charges that he tried to molest two students.

Keaton Battle was convicted Tuesday of two counts of enticing a
child for immoral purposes and attempted second-degree sodomy. The Dothan Eagle reports that Houston County sheriff's officers took
the 37-year-old into custody after the verdict.

Houston District Attorney David Atwell said both offenses happened in 2007.

The victims were 15-year-old boys who attended the PASS Academy. Battle worked there as an in-school suspension aide.

Atwell said Battle tried enticing the teenage victims into a vehicle, then attempted sodomy at a Dothan home.

Prosecutors are seeking a 30-year prison sentence.

Defense attorney Eric Davis said he will ask for a lesser punishment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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