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Trial begins for teen charged in Clay daycare sex abuse case

By Gary Lloyd

CLAY — Jury selection began last Monday in the trial of a teenager accused of sexually abusing three children at a daycare in Clay, according to

Eric Lemont Higdon, 17 at the time of his arrest in August 2012, was charged as an adult with sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old and two counts of first-degree sodomy of a child less than 12 years old.

Higdon has been free on $150,000 bond since Sept. 2, 2012.

The arrest was a result of an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at Momma’s Place Christian Academy in Clay.

Eric Lemont Higdon
photo courtesy of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

On Aug. 18, 2012, deputies received a report that the son of a daycare worker had inappropriate contact with a child at the facility. During the week that followed a total of three families reported similar incidents.

There were four victims ages 5,5,4 and 3 years old. During the investigation it was determined that the son of one of the daycare workers had been coming to the daycare on a regular basis and, while he was there, abusing the children, according to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Randy Christian. All the incidents were alleged to have occurred on the premises.

According to the article, Higdon appeared in court last Monday morning with several family members.

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