DEKALB COUNTY, Alabama – A Boaz man was arrested Tuesday morning on child sexual abuse charges, with $ 2 million bail set.
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said Tomas Juan Francisco, 47, was charged with sexually abusing a child under the age of twelve and taken to DeKalb County Detention Center.
The sheriff’s office said investigators specializing in crimes against children and sex crimes had investigated Francisco. They also said he could face further charges as the investigation continues.
DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said, “I cannot stress enough the importance of protecting our children from predators. I wish there was a way to prevent this kind of thing from happening to any child, but our job is to prosecute the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
A bond of $ 2 million has been set for Francisco.
Sheriff Welden added, “The only way to prevent these types of crimes is at the family level. Please pay attention to who the younger members of your family are and what their intentions might be. And never hesitate to call us if you think something criminal has taken place.
Anyone who knows of a child who could be abused can call the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office at 256-845-3801.
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