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      Gardendale funeral director arrested for second-degree rape

      Mark Daniel Sims (Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

      SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. -- A funeral director in Gardendale was arrested last week on a rape charge, jail records show.

      Mark Daniel Sims, who works for Rideout's Gardendale Chapel, was arrested March 19 and charged with second-degree rape. He was booked into the Shelby County Jail and later released on a $15,000 bond.

      Details surrounding the rape charge including the age and sex of the victim weren't immediately made available. The sheriff's office declined to comment as an investigation remains ongoing.

      Sims' employer also declined to comment on the arrest.

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