In Alabama, criminal sexual behavior is a type of crime that gets a high level of attention, not only from law enforcement but also from the public. The negative reaction that most people have to news stories depicting sex crimes is an example of the devastating potential of being accused or arrested of sexual assault, pedophilia or any number of sexually-based offenses. As a Birmingham criminal defense lawyer, my office is capable of handling cases of individuals allegedly involved in these and other crimes.
A recent news story talked about a Troy University professor who was arrested for alleged sex abuse of a young woman at his business office in Dothan, AL. According to authorities, police investigators arrested 62-year-old Ronald Phillip Bae of Cottonwood, Alabama, who was reportedly charged with felony first-degree sex abuse. The arrest came after an investigation into allegations that the man had inappropriate sexual contact with a 21-year-old woman.
In an odd coincidence, new articles say that Bae is a 23-year employee at Troy University who currently serves as a professor of criminal justice, this according to the Troy University Dothan website. The site also indicates that Bae earned his doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi, and undergraduate degrees from the University of Evansville in Indiana.
Reports show that Bae was taken to the Dothan City Jail and held on a $15,000 bond. At the time of the news article, Bae was scheduled to be transferred to the Houston County Jail.
According to Dothan Police Capt. Steve Parrish, supervisor of the criminal investigation division, the alleged sex abuse crime occurred at an office that Bae has in downtown Dothan. News reports indicate that Bae runs a separate business — located on North Oates Street — called Bae Polygraph & Hypnosis Center. He reportedly is a member of the Georgia, Florida and Alabama polygraph associations.
Crime Courts Troy University professor charged with sex abuse, DothanEagle.com, November 5, 2009