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Dothan police charge man with molesting teenager

Suspect two-time convicted felon

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Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2014 5:38 pm

A convicted felon faces multiple new felony charges alleging he sexually assaulted a teenage girl.

Dothan Police Lt. Will Benny said police investigators arrested Cordaryl Cornelius Berry, 26, of Peal Street, Dothan, on Friday.

Police charged Berry with felony second-degree rape, felony second-degree sodomy, felony enticing a child for immoral purposes and misdemeanor second-degree sex abuse. Berry was taken to the Houston County Jail and held on bail totaling $756,000.

Benny said investigators with the juvenile investigative division of the Dothan Police Department responded to a report made with the Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center last Wednesday.

“We think this was an isolated incident,” Benny said. “We do believe it was random. But we don’t believe this girl was stalked or targeted. They met and things developed and things went wrong.”

Benny said police do not anticipate any additional charges.

“When the juvenile investigators got this case they worked non-stop,” Benny said. “They pulled surveillance video and through neighborhood canvassing and interviews they were able to identify and arrest the suspect.”

But the sexual assault related charges are not the first criminal charges filed against Berry.

Court records show Berry pleaded guilty to two felony crimes last year in Houston County, which included unlawful breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and fraudulent use a credit card.

Records also police charged Berry in April 2011 with sexually molesting a woman, which resulted police filing a felony first-degree sex abuse charge against him. Police charged Berry with subjecting a woman to “unwanted” sexual contact, but that charge was later no billed by a Houston County grand jury.

According to an earlier Eagle report, Brian Corbett, the spokesperson for the state Department of Corrections, said he could not comment on how recently Berry may or may not have been released from prison because Berry was granted and convicted in a youthful offender case.

According to a Dothan Eagle report, Berry was previously charged in September 2007 with the armed robbery of the Stough Street Grocery, but the charge was dropped two days later.

According to a Dothan Eagle report, Headland police charged Berry with kidnapping a man and woman in August 2008. The Eagle report said police charged Berry with forcing the two people to drive him from Headland to Headland Avenue in Dothan. The man and woman were kidnapped while their car was stopped at an intersection.

Records show Berry pleaded guilty in March 2010 to two misdemeanor reckless endangerment charges. He received a 12-month sentence for each charge.



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