Alabaster man charged with enticing child

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A 67-year-old Alabaster man was arrested Thursday for allegedly trying to persuade a young girl to get in his car and leave with him, according to Deputy Police Chief Curtis Rigney.

Charles Roberts Fletcher faces charges of enticing a child to enter a vehicle for immoral purposes.

Police say Fletcher tried to pick up a 7-year-old girl who was playing in the front yard of her home in Alabaster.

The arrest came after the girl told her first-grade teacher that a man in a Jeep stopped outside her house and wanted her to get into his car.

The teacher then notified the school&8217;s resource officer, who alerted Alabaster Police detectives.

Rigney declined to name which school the girl attends, saying the matter was still under investigation.

Fletcher was released Thursday from the Shelby County jail under a $500,000 bond.

Rigney praised the girl for not getting into Fletcher&8217;s car and for her help with the investigation.

&8220;This is a very brave and intelligent little girl,&8221; said Rigney. &8220;She provided very precise details of her incident to her teacher.&8221;

Rigney also added how important it is for schools to utilize their resource officer.

&8220;I feel that the good working relationship that our officers have with the faculty and staff of the schools is instrumental in cases like this.&8221;