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Former Brantley School aide, coach charged with rape

Capt. Mason Adcock with the Luverne Police Department has confirmed the arrest of James Earl Lee McCreary, a 36-year old resident of Luverne and Brantley School special education aide and assistant coach, on a felony charge of first-degree rape.

The LPD confirmed that at the time of his arrest McCreary listed his employment with the Crenshaw County Board of Education. Superintendent Dodd Hawthorne later confirmed that McCreary’s employment with the school system had been terminated.

The arrest was made on May 9 at which time McCreary was placed in the Crenshaw County Jail.

According to the Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office, McCreary’s bond was originally set at $1 million, before being reduced to $60,000. McCreary made bond on May 20.

The victim was a juvenile, according to the LPD.

No further details are available as the investigation is still ongoing.