TUSCALOOSA MAN, 38, ACCUSED OF HAVING SEX WITH 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL

A Tuscaloosa man is behind bars on charges that he raped a 15-year-old girl.

Police said they were called to the 100 block of East 51st Ave. on a domestic disturbance. When they arrived, they said they were informed the suspect, Patrick Bernard Smith, 38, may have been the man who had sex with the 15-year-old girl.

The Tuscaloosa Police Department’s Juvenile Division then came out to the scene, and Smith confessed to family members and law enforcement that he had been sexually involved with the victim.

He was charged with second-degree rape and is being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $60,000 bond.

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