2 men indicted for separately raping 13-year-old girls
by CHRIS NORWOOD
Aug 26, 2010 | 8893 views |  2 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TALLADEGA COUNTY — A grand jury has indicted a Louisiana man for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Jason Salisbury, 33, was arraigned earlier this week by Circuit Judge Julian King. The charges are rape in the second degree, sodomy in the second degree and incest. He pleaded not guilty.

According to Assistant District Attorney Jake Argo, Salisbury’s alleged crimes took place in Lincoln on March 7 of this year.

Rape in the second degree and sodomy in the second degree are both defined as an adult having a sexual relationship with a person between the ages of 12 and 16. Both are Class B felonies, punishable upon conviction by two to 20 years in prison.

Across the hall, Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth arraigned a Sylacauga man on two counts of rape in the second degree. The victim in this case was also a 13-year-old girl, Argo said.

Anthony Whetstone, 38, also pleaded not guilty.

The abuse in this case allegedly took place in Sylacauga in February 2010.

Also arraigned before Hollingsworth Thursday was Jermal Cohill, 18, of Sylacauga on five counts of robbery in the first degree.

Cohill and co-defendant Curtis Fluker allegedly robbed pizza delivery drivers in March. They were arrested following a suspicious call that resulted in a Sylacauga police officer dressing as a delivery driver to respond.

Cohill and Fluker fled when confronted, but were caught after a short chase.

Robbery in the first degree is a Class A felony. Punishment for a Class A felony involving a firearm is 20 to 99 years or life in prison.

Cohill did not enter a plea Thursday, but asked the court to be tried as a youthful offender. If the request is granted, he would be tried by a judge, not a jury, and would face a maximum of three years in prison.

Also in Hollingsworth’s courtroom Thursday:

• Kevin Bryant, 21, asked to be tried as a youthful offender for manufacture of a controlled substance.

• Carmen Thornton, 40, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in the second degree but not guilty to manufacture of a controlled substance in the first degree and possession of a controlled substance.

• Randy Williams, 49, pleaded guilty to unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.

• Benji Cook, 29, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to manufacture of a controlled substance in the first degree, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana in the second degree.

• Raegan Letcher, 34, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to manufacture of a controlled substance in the first degree, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana in the second degree.

• Chrystal Hopper, 24, waived arraignment and pleaded not guilty to manufacture of a controlled substance in the first degree.

• Tony Mancilla, 38 was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to manufacture of a controlled substance in the first degree.

• Derrick Hunter, 22, pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card.

• Tonya Brown, 29, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Carl D. Schroat, 32, waived arraignment and pleaded not guilty to violating the community notification act for sex offenders.

• Timothy Clay Phillips, 52, pleaded not guilty to manufacture of a controlled substance in the first degree and possession of a controlled substance.

• Johnny Jerome Gilbert Jr., 44, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a forged instrument in the second degree.

• A capias warrant was issued for Hannah Salers, 19, who failed to appear on charges of manufacture of a controlled substance in the first degree, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana in the second degree.

• Neal Adair, 35, pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled substance.

• Brian Mark Ogle, 31, pleaded guilty to intimidating a witness. A second count of making terrorist threats was dismissed, and Ogles was sentenced to five years in prison.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com