GLENN ADAM BELL CONVICTED OF SEXUAL ABUSE
DOUBLE SPRINGS (July 12, 2017) - On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, Glenn Adam Bell (age 32) of 1000 Rosewood Lane, Haleyville, 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 three-day jury trial before Circuit Judge Lee Carter. Jury deliberations lasted approximately two (2) hours.
The testimony during the trial showed that Bell, while babysitting a then 3-4 year-old-female child, took the child's arm and placed her hand on his penis. Each time the child attempted to move her hand away, he moved it back so that it touched him. At the time, Bell's then-wife was at work. The child testified in the trial, and her testimony was consistent with prior statements that she had made to family members and investigators.
Bell was allowed by the judge to remain out on bond (with travel restrictions) pending his sentencing. The sentencing for Bell is set for September 1, 2017. In the meantime, a pre-sentence investigation will be conducted by the Alabama Department of Pardons and Paroles. Bell faces a possible sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison on his Class B Felony conviction.
Deputy District Attorney Neal Cook, who prosecuted Bell, had the following comments following the jury’s verdict:
The prosecution of cases involving small children is always difficult--both emotionally and professionally. As in this case, there are rarely witnesses to these crimes. And, again, as here, there is not going to be physical or scientific evidence. It comes down to the believability of the child victim.
The victim in this case never wavered. She exhibited great strength and courage in getting on the witness stand and facing her accuser. It was only her strength and courage that allowed the jury to ensure that justice was done.
I commend ALEA (Alabama Law Enforcement Agency) Agent Nick Jones, DHR caseworker Monica Marbut, Monica Haddock of the Cramer Children's Center, and the Winston County Sheriff's Office for their work on the investigation.