A Boaz man is currently in the DeKalb County Detention Center on a $2,000,000 bond after being arrested on charges regarding sexual abuse of a child.
DeKalb County deputies and investigators arrested Tomas Juan Francisco, 47, of Boaz, Tuesday morning at his home on County Road 386 near Aroney. Francisco was charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child Less than Twelve.
The charges stem from an investigation conducted by DeKalb County Investigators who specialize in sexual crimes and crimes against children. This investigation is ongoing and more charges may be pending.
Due to the age of the victim and to protect their identity, information on these types of cases is limited.
If you know of any child who may be abused or are yourself a victim of a crime, please contact the sheriff’s office at (256)845-3801.
“This is another outstanding job by our dedicated team of investigators,” said DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden. “This is also a great example of why we have investigators devoted to pursuing these crimes. I can’t stress enough how important it is that we protect our children from predators. I wish there was a way we could prevent this sort of thing from happening to any child, but our job is to pursue the perpetrators and bring them to justice. The only way to prevent these types of crimes is at the family level. Please pay attention to who your younger family members are around and what their intentions might be. And never hesitate to call us if you think something criminal has taken place.”