Prattville man charged with enticing child for immoral purposes

Montgomery Advertiser

December 11, 2009

A Prattville man has been charged with three felony counts of enticing a child for immoral purposes, according to a Prattville Police Department news release.

Zachary Reed Emerson, 21, of 500 Old Farm Lane was arrested Friday afternoon and is being held in the Autauga Metro Jail with bond set at $15,000 in each case, the release states.

Emerson also has three misdemeanor charges of second-degree sexual abuse with bond set at $500 in each case, according to police.

The victim was younger than 16 and older than 12. The crimes occurred between July and October this year at East Memorial Baptist Church when Emerson was a part-time youth employee, the release states.

If convicted, Emerson would face one to 10 years in prison on each felony count, according to district attorney Randall Houston. The misdemeanor charges each carry a sentence of one year and one day in the county jail.

“As long as I’ve been doing this it never ceases to amaze me what people will do,” said Houston, who has been a prosecutor for more than 25 years. “I feel there are certain members of our community who are held to a higher standard. People who have a position where they gain the trust of children or young people are certainly part of that group.”

According to police, the church cooperated during the investigation.

Agencies involved in the investigation were the Prattville Police Department, the Department of Human Resources, Child Protect and the district attorney’s office. The investigation is ongoing.

SNAP Note: East Memorial Baptist Church in Prattville, Alabama, is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.