An investigation that began in June has landed a man in Talladega County Jail for sex offenses involving a child under 16, Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley B. Johnson said, after the man fought extradition from Alaska.
James Everett Steen faces charges of transmitting obscene material to a child, second-degree sodomy and second-degree rape. The charges are Class B felonies; if convicted, he faces two years to 20 years in prison on each charge.
The investigation began in June when police received reports about an inappropriate sexual relationship, Johnson said in a press release, involving Steen and a child under the age of 16.
Just hours after learning of the allegations made against him, Steen fled Talladega County and flew to Anchorage, according to the chief. He was met by authorities in Alaska as he exited his flight and taken into custody.
Johnson said Steen fought extradition back to Talladega County and was held in custody in Anchorage for about 60 days before he was ordered to return to Alabama to face charges.
Sylacauga police officers carried out Steen's extradition on Sept. 21, and he was booked into the Talladega County jail.
This article originally appeared on The Gadsden Times: Man brought from Alaska to Alabama to face sex offense charges