Police charge Spangler with raping two more underage girls

Published 11:27 am Wednesday, June 29, 2011

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The Alabaster Police Department has brought two more rape charges against a 23-year-old Alabaster man who was arrested June 17 and charged with raping two underage girls.

Cory Spangler

Police arrested Cory James Spangler, who lives in the 1300 block of Eighth Street Southwest, at about 2 a.m. June 28 and charged him with raping a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl. Spangler was also charged with providing a controlled substance to a juvenile younger than 18, which is a class A felony.

The June 28 arrest came about a week after the Alabaster Police Department arrested him and charged him with raping two other 15-year-old girls in May.

Alabaster police Deputy Chief Curtis Rigney called Spangler a “con artist” and a “real piece of work,” and said the suspect provided the girls with illegal narcotics before enticing them to have sex with him.

When police arrested him June 28, Spangler was free on bonds stemming from the previous two rape charges. He is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $250,000.

“We executed a search warrant on his residence last night, and recovered digital evidence and narcotics from his house,” Rigney said.

After police brought the first two rape charges against Spangler, Rigney urged anyone who had come into contact with the suspect to call police. Shortly after the arrest, Rigney said two more victims called police to report being raped by Spangler.

According to Alabaster police reports, one rape was reported in the 900 block of Third Avenue Southwest and another was reported in the 1200 block of Windsor Court. Rigney said both rapes occurred in the past year.

“We are talking about a grown man enticing little girls with illegal narcotics,” Rigney said. “He is basically a con artist. He gets these girls high or addicted to narcotics, and then the sex comes into play.

“Girls that young can’t give consent, and they especially can’t give consent when they are under the influence of narcotics,” Rigney said.

Rigney said the department is still investigating the suspect, and is asking anyone who has had contact with Spangler to contact police at 663-7401.