Sex abuse testimony begins against Mobile County Judge

MOBILE, AL (WBRC) - An Alabama man with a criminal record testifies against a judge accused of abusing inmates.

The man says Mobile County Judge Herman Thomas, who helped secure his release from jail as a teen, later spanked him with a belt and had sexual contact with him. The witness was the first of 14 people expected to testify against Thomas.

He is accused of coercing male inmates to have sex with him in return for leniency.