UPDATED @ 12:11 PM Former Dothan Police Officer Sentenced To 10 YearsRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jul 21 2014 12:03 PM
HOUSTON COUNTY: Former Dothan Police Officer Lanice Clifton Bonds was sentenced this morning in Houston County Circuit Court.
Bonds was a Dothan Police Officer, not employed by the school system, but assigned as a School Resource Officer at a Dothan City School. Bonds admitted to consenting sexual relations with a student.
Bonds was charged under the School Employee Sex Act.
This morning Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Kevin Moulton sentenced Bonds to 10 years in prison. Following the sentence Bonds was taken into the custody of the Houston County Sheriff.
It is expected that Bonds will be released later on an appeal bond.
One of the issues in this case, that was preserved on appeal, is that Bonds was not an employee of the school system, but was an employee of the Dothan Police Department. Therefore the offense so charged did not apply to him.
UPDATED @ 12:11 PM
Judge Moulton imposed a fine of $ 2,500.00, a victim compensation of $ 1,000.00, a bail bond fee of $ 750.00, gave the state 30 days to file for restitution. Any cash bonds is to be applied to restitution, fines and court costs.
Bonds applied for probation but Judge Moulton denied the probation.
Bonds was immediately taken into custody.
CODE OF ALABAMA
School employee engaging in a sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student under the age of 19 years.
(a) A person commits the crime of a school employee engaging in a sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student under the age of 19 years if he or she is a school employee and engages in a sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student, regardless of whether the student is male or female. Consent is not a defense to a charge under this section.
(b) As used in this section, sex act means sexual intercourse with any penetration, however slight; emission is not required.
(c) As used in this section, deviant sexual intercourse means any act of sexual gratification between persons not married to each other involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another.
(d) The crime of a school employee engaging in a sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student is a Class B felony.
(Act 2010-497, p. 766, §1.)
For purposes of this article, school employee includes a teacher, school administrator, student teacher, safety or resource officer, coach, and other school employee.
(Act 2010-497, p. 766, §4.)