Arrest made in Gadsden sex crime cold case

Geoffrey Todd Mack (photo source Etowah County Sheriff's Department)
Geoffrey Todd Mack (photo source Etowah County Sheriff's Department)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - A Gadsden man has been arrested in connection with a sex crime and burglary that happened in Gadsden 14 years ago.

Geoffrey Todd Mack, 42, of Gadsden, has been charged with sodomy and burglary, according to a statement sent to FOX6 News Friday from Alabama Attorney General Troy King.  King said his office's Cold Case Unit developed evidence that identified Mack as a suspect in the crime.

The Etowah County Sheriff's Department, on its website, also listed a charge of rape.   It was not known if the charge was connected to the other charges.

King said warrants were obtained on April 7.  Mack was discovered Wednesday night in Birmingham.  Birmingham Police detained Mack until he was transported to the Etowah County Detention Facility.

"This case is an outstanding example of what we can achieve with our Cold Case Unit," said King in the statement. "Years after the crime occurred, we were able to reopen this and develop new evidence that led to this arrest.  With modern technology, along with a fresh and closer scrutiny, we are committed to achieve justice for victims who have lived in fear and suffering for too long, and to protect citizens by removing predators from the street."

No further information was released about the incident.  If convicted, King said Mack faces a penalty of 10 to 99 years or life imprisonment for each of the three crimes with which he is charged.

Mack was being held Friday afternoon in the Etowah County Jail on $75,000 bond.

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