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      Tuscaloosa police officer arrested on domestic violence, sodomy charges

      Jimmy Darrell Smith
      TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A Tuscaloosa police officer is on leave following his arrest in an alleged domestic dispute. Police say Officer Jimmy Darrell Smith of Cottondale is charged with domestic violence and sodomy following his arrest Thursday evening. Police say a 37-year-old woman called authorities saying the man had thrown her into a chair and tried to strangle her a week ago. She also reported two sexual assaults earlier this month. The case was referred to county investigators, who obtained warrants for the officer. Smith is 33. Officials say he's been employed by the Tuscaloosa Police Department since 2010. Court records don't show whether Smith has hired an attorney. He jailed with bond set at $65,000.
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