Former east Alabama prosecutor charged with arson; arrested last year on theft warrants
A former east Alabama prosecutor arrested last year amid accusations he embezzled thousands of dollars from a teen's bank account is back in jail again.
Roland Lewis Sledge, a 64-year-old former Chambers County assistant district attorney, was arrested Wednesday on a charge connected to an October fire at his Valley home on U.S. 29, court records show.
Sledge is charged with second-degree arson. The fire happened about 9 a.m. on Oct. 21. Court records do not indicate a possible motive in the arson.
At the time of his arrest Wednesday, Sledge already was awaiting trial after he was charged last year with two counts of first-degree theft of property, accused of embezzling $16,000 from a juvenile's bank account that Sledge had conservatorship over.
Court documents in those cases said Sledge did "knowingly obtain or exert unauthorized control over" a Farmers and Market Bank account belonging to the juvenile while Sledge was acting as a conservator over the account on two occasions last year. A conservator is someone appointed by a judge to care for the finances or estate of someone who has certain limitations, such as mental capacity or age.
Court documents state that Sledge took $6,000 from the account on Feb. 11, 2016 and $10,000 on March 21, 2016. The State Bureau of Investigations confirmed that it and the Alabama Attorney General's Office investigated the case.
The Alabama Attorney General's Office on Wednesday filed a motion to revoke Sledge's bond in the theft cases, saying that while out on bond, he "has committed or been an accomplice to an additional criminal offense of arson." That, according to request, violated the terms and conditions of his bond.
Additionally, authorities noted, Sledge has made statements to law enforcement that indicate he may be a danger to himself. According to court records, the bond revocation hearing is set for Jan. 30.
The Chambers County Jail website shows he is being held without bond.
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