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Two former West Blocton police officers arrested for sexual assault

Published: Dec. 22, 2021 at 8:49 AM CST
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WEST BLOCTON, Ala. (WBRC) - Two former West Blocton police officers were arrested and charged Tuesday after an incident reported earlier this year.

According to the Tuscaloosa Police Department, in January 2021, a woman reported that two men she was acquainted sexually assaulted her while she was under the influence of alcohol and unable to consent.

After investigation, the case was presented to a grand jury and indictments were handed down.

49-year-old Craig Baird Arnold was charged with rape and held on a $60,000 bond. Arnold was at one time an uncertified reserve officer of the West Blocton Police Department.

50-year-old Brian Keith Whatley was charged with sexual abuse and released on a $5,000 bond. Whatley was formerly the Police Chief of West Blocton PD. He currently has no role or position in law enforcement.

According to TPD their roles as officer were not a factor in the assault.

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