A Dothan man was charged with a sex crime involving a child after inappropriate messages were sent to a 14- year-old female victim.
James Earl Stephens, 48, of Dothan, was arrested Monday and charged with electronic solicitation of a child.
“The reported crime occurred on Oct. 25,” said Dothan police Lt. Doug Magill. “A family member saw the many messages sent on social media to the victim allegedly from Mr. Stephens. The messages asked the victim to allow Mr. Stephens to perform inappropriate sex acts to the victim and even offered to pay to the victim.”
The victim is related to Stephens, Magill said.
“Once the information was reported to us, an investigation began right away and a warrant was issued for Stephens arrest,” Magill said. “He was taken into custody Monday.”
Stephens is at the Houston County Jail on a $20,000 bond.