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Maintenance man's child sex abuse charges stun apartment residents

Jeremy Motes (Jasper Police)

Jasper residents were terrified after learning their maintenance man was charged with molesting at least four boys in a local apartment complex. Jeremy Motes, known to residents as Todd, was well liked by many.

This dark discovery makes them question everything they once believed about their friendly, helpful neighborhood handy man.

"I sit here and I think of the many times he's walked in and out of our apartment. Thankful that my boys were old enough and thankful that he never put a hand on them," said a woman living at High Forest Apartment Complex.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, shared her frustration upon learning the man their community trusted is accused of sexually molesting boys in their complex.

"To be honest with you, I never suspected anything from him in that nature. To me he seemed like he had anything not to trust about him. He was really nice."

Jasper police Chief J.C Poe says some parents came forward to report possible inappropriate conduct.

"Once we started investigating and talking with the children, we realized that something really did happen here," said Chief Poe.

He says they boys involved were between the ages of 12 and 15.

"I hate that this has happened in our community and it's not anything that could've been prevented, except by him," said Poe.

"This is something they're going to have to deal with for the rest of their lives and it'll be apart of their lives in every decision they make. I don't think people truly understand that when people like him do these horid things they go on with their lives and they pay for the punishment of it, but that still doesn't help."

Motes is still being held at the Walker County Jail on a $200,000 bond. Chief Poe urges parents who fear their child may have been a victim to contact Jasper Police.

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