Ala teacher's aide convicted in child sex case

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Updated: 8/22 2:28 pm

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Jurors in Huntsville have convicted a former teacher's aide of sexually abusing a child.

A Madison County jury returned the verdict Friday against Michael Horton, who had worked in Huntsville's school system.

The 37-year-old Horton was convicted of sodomy. He was arrested in 2009 for alleged actions that occurred in 2008.

Horton's defense claimed the child's family made up the claims. The man was caring for and mentoring the youth.

Jurors deliberated for almost two days. They convicted the man shortly after telling the judge they could reach a verdict.

 

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