Retired police officer arrested for rape, sodomy in Tuscaloosa Co.

Retired police officer arrested for rape, sodomy in Tuscaloosa Co.

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - A retired police officer is under arrest in Tuscaloosa County after allegedly raping and sodomizing a 32-year-old woman Thursday morning, according to authorities.

The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as 58-year-old James Daniel Bigham. He is a retired officer formally employed by the Tuscaloosa Police Department, according to authorities.

Bingham is being held at the Tuscaloosa County Jail pending $60,000 bonds for each charge.

Deputies responded a sexual assault in the 12000 block of Northside Road at 2 a.m. Thursday. The victim met with authorities at DCH Regional Medical Center.

She told deputies that she and the suspect were at the residence and she fell asleep while on a pallet on the living room floor. When she woke up, the victim says the suspect was holding her down and raping her.

The victim says she told the suspect to stop and then he kept holding her down and began sodomizing her.

Investigators examine physical evidence and interviewed a witness to the incident before obtaining warrants for first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.

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