Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a teenager accused of sexually abusing three children at a daycare in Clay.
Eric Lamont Higdon faces four charges of sexual abuse and four charges of sodomy in a case involving three victims who were five years old or younger at the time of the alleged abuse.
Higdon has been free on bond since his arrest in August 2012.
Higdon's mother worked at Momma's Place Christian Academy, where prosecutors say Higdon met all of the alleged victims. The Jefferson County Sheriff's office says he would stop by the daycare during the summer to help out.
Investigators say the case started when they received a report from a parent who said her five-year-old son touched another family member inappropriately. When the mother asked her son why he was doing that, he told her the suspect at the daycare touched him that way.
The sheriff's office contacted all of the families on the daycare roster and within days three more victims, ages 5, 4 and 3, came forward.
Higdon appeared in court Monday morning with several family members.
He was 17 years old at the time of the incident, but he is being charged as an adult with sex abuse of a child less than 12 years old and two counts of first degree sodomy.
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