Etowah County sheriff's officials say 53-year-old Cecil Lamar Benefield of Alpharetta was charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old and one count of first-degree sodomy. Both are felonies.
Investigator Haydyn Hedgspeth said Benefield is accused of sexually abusing a young female during the past two years. Authorities say the alleged crimes occurred at several locations in Etowah, Calhoun and Jefferson counties.
Benefield was being held in the Etowah County Detention Center on $100,000 cash bond. It wasn't known whether he has an attorney and a home phone number for him could not be located.