Acker indicted on eight sexual abuse charges

Acker indicted on eight sexual abuse charges

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Daniel "Danny" M. Acker Daniel "Danny" M. Acker
ALABASTER, AL (WBRC) -

Former Shelby County teacher Daniel M. Acker has been indicted on a total of eight counts of sexual abuse.

Acker was arrested on six sexual abuse charges Jan. 5, including one charge of first degree sexual abuse and five charges of sexual abuse of a child younger than 12 years old. Another two charges were added Jan. 18 when two more victims came forward. The new charges include one count of first degree sexual abuse and one count of sexual abuse of a child younger than 12.

In the newest charges, a fourth grade student of Acker's says she was molested in the classroom. Another victim says Acker molested her on the school bus when she was nine years old.

A Shelby County grand jury indicted Acker on all eight counts Tuesday, March 6, according to Alabaster Police.

"To date we have six victims that have come forward and eight charges," Deputy Chief Curtis Rigney with the Alabaster Police said.

"Our detectives would like to speak to anyone one who was a victim or parent of a victim. This investigation will remain ongoing until we are satisfied that everyone who wants to come forward has that opportunity to do so," Rigney added.

Acker taught fourth grade for most of his teaching career. He taught at Thompson Elementary School from 1985 to 1991, at Creekview Elementary School from 1991 to 2000 and Thompson Intermediate School from 2000 to 2009. He retired from teaching in May 2009.

Acker is being held in the Shelby County Jail. His next court date for an arraignment will be determined in the next few days by St. Clair County Judge James Hill. Judge Hill took over the case after all of the judges in Shelby County recused themselves from the case, citing a personal relationship with Acker's father, a former county commissioner.

Anyone with information relating to the case is urged to contact the Alabaster Police Department at 205-663-7401.

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