Hearing set for Alabaster child sex abuse suspect
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
ALABASTER – A 35-year-old Alabaster man who has been charged with electronically soliciting and sexually abusing an underage victim is set to appear in court in early October, according to Shelby County District Court documents.
Jeremy Douglas Loper, who lists an address on Park Forest Lane in Alabaster, is set to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 4 at 8:30 a.m. at the Shelby County Courthouse.
The Alabaster Police Department arrested Loper on July 21 and charged him with one felony count of electronic solicitation of a child and a misdemeanor count of second-degree sexual abuse.
Electronic solicitation of a child is a Class B felony, and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison upon conviction.
According to Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney, the department launched an investigation into Loper after a parent contacted APD and claimed her daughter had been assaulted by the suspect.
Rigney said as the investigation progressed, “disturbing evidence was uncovered” leading to the charges against Loper.
According to his arrest warrants, Loper allegedly solicited a minor via electronic means to meet with him for sexual purposes on June 24, and allegedly subjected the victim who was between 12 and 16 to sexual contact on the same day.
Loper was released from the Shelby County Jail the same day he was arrested after posting bonds totaling $35,000.