Cop Kept His Job After Child Molestation Charges, Now Charged AGAIN With First-Degree Rape — Still Keeps Job
ALABASTER — Officer Joshua Herbinger has been working as a police officer for nine years.
The child had been attending an elementary school and reported the molestation to the school staff.
According to the child, Officer Herbinger molested the child over a period of two to three years.
Instead of being locked in prison with other rapists, Officer Herbinger was set free after posting $80,000 bail.
Officer Herbinger was never fired, and was granted “administrative duties” with pay.
It didn’t take long after his release for Officer Herbinger to be caught again.
This time he has been charged with first-degree rape of a woman. It is his second time in trouble this month.
Officials state that even more charges may follow.
Police Chief Curtis Rigney did not release details about who the rape victim is, but noted that the woman did not bear any relationship to Officer Herbinger.
After all the charges — the four counts of sexual abuse of a child and the first degree rape of a woman — one would think that this time Officer Herbinger would remain locked up.
Not the case.
Herbinger has been released from jail after posting $60,000 bail. And he has still not been fired, but instead placed on leave.
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UPDATE: Officer Herbinger has now been terminated from his job, according to a report by Al.com.
The termination was effective Friday, October 24th, 2014.
It is not yet known whether Herbinger will be convicted for the charges he faces, which include four counts of sexually abusing a child under the age of 12, as well as first-degree rape of a woman.
And even if he is convicted, will he receive an extraordinarily light sentence — perhaps a month or so in a county jail — due to his statist privilege? It remains to be seen.