Chelsea man charged with sex abuse, sodomy

CHELSEA- Allen Christopher Shirley, 35, was arrested on Wednesday, March 22 and charged with two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and one count of sodomy in the second degree.

Shirley

Shirley, who lists an address on Liberty Ridge Road, allegedly engaged in “deviate sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion,” in December 2015 and allegedly “intentionally [subjected] another person to sexual contact by forcible compulsion” in December 2015 and January 2017.

Rape in the first degree is a Class A Felony. If convicted, Shirley could face 10 years to life in prison and a maximum fine of $60,000. Sodomy in the Second Degree is a Class B Felony, and carries a prison sentence of two to 20 years and up to $10,000 in fines.

Shirley was assigned to Shelby County Circuit Judge Lara M. Alvis, and a preliminary hearing has not yet been set.

Shirley was held in the Shelby County Jail until later on March 22, when he was released on a $195,000 bond.