Birmingham police chief resigns amid sexual abuse allegations in Trussville
From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM –Orlando Wilson, of Trussville, has resigned his position as interim police chief of Birmingham amid reports of alleged sexual abuse of a child in Trussville.
The resignation was announced by Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin on Wednesday. According to the mayor’s office, Wilson would transition out due to an upcoming medical procedure.
Wilson, who had previously retired from the police department, was appointed interim chief to replace A.C. Roper who announced his retirement shortly after Woodfin took office.
Trussville police detective Sergeant Michael Bruce said a report was filed with TPD on March 20, 2018 at 4:53 p.m. That report alleged sexual abuse of a child less than 12-years-old in December of 2013, though the child is now older than 12. The incident report list an address in the 3500 block of Valley Crest Trail. Online records indicate that Wilson lives at the address.
Bruce said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
“During our investigation of the report filed with us in March of this year, we have been able to determine that she (the complainant) had reported the complaint to another agency in 2013,” Bruce said. “That information never made it back to us. She was under the impression that the agency would forward the complaint to us, but that never happened. As this is an ongoing investigation, we can’t say much more at this point. “
According to Carol Robinson, online court records made available on Tuesday showed that the mother of Wilson’s children had filed a request for a protection order with family court on April 11, 2018.
The request alleges the sexual abuse of a young girl and physical abuse of a young boy. The incidents are alleged to have occurred in 2013 and 2017.
The order had not been signed by a judge and at least two judges had recused themselves, Robinson reported.