WILLIAM KINDRED RIDDLE CONVICTED OF SEXUAL ABUSE
DOUBLE SPRINGS (July 13, 2017) - On Thursday, July 13, 2017,
William Kindred ONeal Riddle (age 51) of 1860 County Road 6, Double Springs, was convicted in the Circuit Court of Winston County of the offense of Sexual Abuse of a Child Under 12. The verdict came at the end of a two-day jury trial before Circuit Judge Lee Carter. Jury deliberations lasted approximately 90 minutes.
The testimony during the trial showed that Riddle, while babysitting a then 6-year-old-female child, went into the bedroom where the child was taking a nap and touched her inside her clothing on her vaginal area. At the time, Riddle was alone in the home with the child and her siblings. His wife was at work at the time.
The child testified in the trial. Her testimony was very detailed and was consistent with her previous statements to her relatives and investigators.
Riddle was allowed by the judge to remain out on bond (with an ankle monitor and travel restrictions) pending his sentencing. The sentencing for Riddle is set for September 1, 2017. In the meantime, a pre-sentence investigation will be conducted by the Alabama Department of Pardons and Paroles. Riddle faces a possible sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison on his Class B Felony conviction.
Deputy District Attorney Neal Cook, who prosecuted Riddle, had the following comments following the jury’s verdict:
As with the case tried earlier this week, I am very thankful for the young victim's coming forward and, especially, for her ability to testify in court about the crime committed against her. To walk hand-in-hand with a young child following her testimony and seeing the pain and fear from within her is always very difficult. However, it also makes you proud, knowing the bravery that she has just exhibited.
The twelve jurors in this case were the only people on earth who had the ability to give this child the justice she deserved. I commend them from the bottom of my heart for doing so.
I also want to thank Amanda Webb of the Franklin County Department of Human Resources, Monica Haddock of the Cramer Children's Center, and the Winston County Sheriff's Office for their work on the investigation.