MARGARET, Ala. (WBRC) – A 19-year-old man accused of sexually abusing a child has turned himself into St. Clair County deputies.
Austin Greenway, of Odenville, has been charged with sexual abuse of a child less than 12 and a school employee engaged in a sex act with a student under the age of 19.
Authorities say Greenway turned himself in on August 20 after charges were presented following an investigation.
The Margaret Police Department contacted the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office into allegations of sexual abuse of a 9-year-old child at North Valley Early Learning Center and the after-school program, deputies say. Greenway had been employed there for two years as a teacher.
Greenway was booked and released on a $50,000 bond.
This is a classic example of finding predators wherever we find kids. “No child is a match for a seasoned pedophile,” said nationally recognized sex abuse attorney Jeff Herman.
“Everyone thinks a predator is an evil-looking person who hates kids,” Herman said. But the reality is far from it. “A real sexual predator, in their mind, loves kids,” Herman said of his experience pursuing these cases. “You see their loving side in public,” which can cause many to doubt allegations.
“Children become groomed and compliant for what’s going on.” Herman explained. “Until they see someone else come forward many victims suffer in silence, especially children.” A pedophile masquerading as a teacher is an unfortunately common ruse to access kids and we must teach institutions to recognize red flags and act swiftly in order to address and prevent this from happening again in the future.
For many, “The civil case is the only measure of justice that’s available,” Herman said. However, pursuing civil lawsuits “plays an important role in the healing process” explained Herman. Pursuing a civil case can be empowering for the victim, as their voice is heard and they no longer have to suffer alone in silence.
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