Man out on bond for sexual abuse of a child arrested for human trafficking in East Alabama

Pell City man arrested second time on sex charge

ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - Authorities say a man out on bond for sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl in Jefferson County has been arrested in St. Clair County for human trafficking.

Brent Lee Higginbotham is accused of confronting a female teenager in a parking lot in the 800 block of Main Street South Saturday afternoon and blocking the door of her car.

"At that time, he made comments about her. He solicited her for sex,” said Pell City Police Chief Paul Irwin. “There was a lot of comments made to her that I don’t want to share, especially on the news. Some really horrific statements that were made to a young lady.”

Officers from Pell City went to Higginbotham’s home in the 4700 Block of Red Hawk Trail in Pell City and arrested him for first-degree human trafficking.

He is being held in the the St. Clair County Jail without bond.

“This is not the first time he has attempted to victimize a minor and hopefully, he will be incarcerated until he is convicted and sent to prison. The victim was very upset by the behavior of this criminal and we are fortunate that she is physically safe,” said Chief Paul Irwin.

Higginbotham was indicted in January of 2018 on charges that he grabbed a 14-year-old girl at the Walmart in Trussvillle back in October 2017.

The indictment was for charges of first-degree sexual abuse by force and second-degree sexual abuse. That case has not yet gone to trial.

Because of his alleged history, Irwin is worried. "My concern is the victims that may be out there that occurred between the Trussville incident and the Pell City incident because he’s been moving around. He’s been working in the area,” Irwin said. "We have had several people come forward and tell us about him following them around. So that concerns me and hopefully there is no victim out there.”

Anyone with any information on Higginbotham is asked to call the Pell City Police Department at 205-884-3334.

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