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Child abuse case against former police officer sent to grand jury

Jason Raley.  Source: Etowah County Sheriff's Office Jason Raley. Source: Etowah County Sheriff's Office
ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A child abuse case against a former Hokes Bluff police officer heads to a grand jury.

Attorneys for Jason Raley also requested changes in his bond so he could be released from jail.

Raley was charged with aggravated child abuse last week and fired from the Hokes Bluff police department. The victim in the case is five years old, according to the Etowah County Sheriff's Office.

Defense attorneys say they'd agree to his $100,000 cash bond being changed to a property bond with Raley being placed under house arrest.

Today, his attorneys also waived Raley's right to a preliminary hearing, sending the case to a grand jury.

"We've seen enough from the witnesses what the testimony would be at this point in time, and we don't feel like it's necessary to waste any more resources in rehashing these instances. So we've waived the preliminary hearing," Defense Attorney Clark Stewart said.

District Judge Willis Clay is taking the bond request under advisement.

Even though Raley was arrested, and taken to court, in Etowah County, he's being kept some 30 miles away in Calhoun County for security reasons.

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