Eric Higdon found guilty on 2 sodomy counts

Eric Higdon found guilty on 2 sodomy counts

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Eric Lamont Higdon (Source: WBRC video) Eric Lamont Higdon (Source: WBRC video)

A jury has reached a verdict in the trial of a teenager accused of sexually abusing children at a daycare in Clay.

Eric Lamont Higdon was found guilty of two counts of sodomy. He was found not guilty on six counts, including two other counts of sodomy and four counts of sexual abuse.

All of the charges came as a result of parents telling police that Higdon allegedly molested their children at Momma's Place Christian Academy in Clay in August 2012. The alleged victims included two five-year-olds, one four-year-old and one three-year-old. Higdon is the son of a former employee at the Clay daycare.

The jury started deliberating on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. They continued on Friday and took the weekend and President's Day off before coming to a verdict around 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday.

Higdon's attorney, Charles Salvaggio, says he believes parents of the victims lied on the stand. He also says the verdict against his client was "confusing."

Prosecutors did notwant to comment on the verdict.

Judge Teresa Pulliam ordered Higdon to go directly to jail after the verdict was announced. He will be sentenced on March 25.

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