SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO JAIL RAPE CLAIMS

Tuscaloosa Police

Originally reported by WVUA 23 Reporter Jabaree Prewitt

On Tuesday, University of Alabama law professor, Steven Hobbs claimed that his son was raped 35 times while in custody at the Tuscaloosa County Jail. Just three days later, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy responded saying Hobbs’ claims were inaccurate.

Abernathy said Hobbs’ son, Justin, was in custody at the county jail in 2002 but never filed a complaint or grievance of sexual assault. He also said that it was not until 2013 when Justin Hobbs admitted the assault happened to his father.

“If this incident had been reported then or now it would be investigated as any other case would be there’s no statute of limitations on the charge of rape and if this or any individual had been a victim they should immediately be reported to law enforcement,” Abernathy said.

Abernathy continued by saying that complaints such as sexual assault, are taken very seriously and are investigated immediately and thoroughly.

The University of Alabama released a statement saying, “While the University respects Professor Steven Hobbs’ right to speak in a personal capacity, his statements and press conference were not authorized nor endorsed by the University, and do not reflect any official position of the University.”

Abernathy stated that the only,y way they can do their job is if the incident is reported.

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