By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News
Perry Hooper Jr., a former state representative and current Republican Party executive committee member from Alabama, has been charged with first-degree sexual abuse, the Montgomery Police Department confirmed to Alabama Daily News this after -midday.
He was taken into custody today by the US Marshals Task Force and placed in the Montgomery County Detention Center.
According to MPD, the alleged abuse occurred on the evening of August 16 in the 100 block of Commerce Street in downtown Montgomery. Additional court documents were not immediately available.
Hooper represented a Montgomery district in the Alabama Legislature for nearly 20 years until 2003 and is still involved in Republican politics. At the recent ALGOP summer meeting, Hooper introduced at least two resolutions, including one praising recent US Supreme Court rulings.
Hooper served as co-chair of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign in Alabama and occasionally writes political columns that appear in various publications in Alabama. Her father, Perry Hooper Sr., served as chief justice of Alabama from 1995 to 2001.
Hooper’s bail was set at $15,000, according to the county jail’s website.
Attempts to reach Hooper today were not immediately successful.
According to the Alabama code, first-degree sexual abuse includes coerced sexual contact and/or sexual contact with a person unable to consent due to disability. It is a Class C felony. Class C felonies are punishable by one to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $15,000.00.
This story will be updated.