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Local attorney Randy Hames charged with human trafficking

Cullman attorney Randy Hames, shown here in his mugshot from Monday, March 5, 2018, has been charged with two counts of second-degree human trafficking. / Cullman County Sheriff's Office

CULLMAN - Local attorney Randy Allan Hames, 75, was arrested today and charged with two counts of second-degree human trafficking, a Class B felony. The new charges stem from the circumstances that led to Hames being arrested back on Feb. 22 for two counts of second-degree stalking and two counts of promoting prostitution, misdemeanor charges, said a spokesman for the Cullman County Sheriff's Office (CCSO).

Hames was out on bond and practicing law inside the Cullman County Courthouse when he was arrested Monday. He has already made bond on the new charges. Bond was $15,000 property for each count of human trafficking.

Kayla Carreker and Tomeka Bartlett have accused Hames of requesting sex for rent payments. The two lived at Hames Trailer Park, owned by the accused. Carreker and Bartlett also accuse Hames of making crude sexual remarks to them.

The CCSO spokesman said the Cullman County District Attorney's Office decided to move forward with the human trafficking charges after reviewing the case and speaking with the victims and others. He said the warrant was issued today, and Hames was picked up in the courthouse.

According to the Alabama Criminal Code, Section 13A-6-153:

(a) A person commits the crime of human trafficking in the second degree if:

(1) A person knowingly benefits, financially or by receiving anything of value, from participation in a venture or engagement for the purpose of sexual servitude or labor servitude.

(2) A person knowingly recruits, entices, solicits, induces, harbors, transports, holds, restrains, provides, maintains, subjects, or obtains by any means another person for the purpose of labor servitude or sexual servitude.

(3) A corporation, or any other legal entity other than an individual, may be prosecuted for human trafficking in the second degree for an act or omission only if an agent of the corporation or entity performs the conduct which is an element of the crime while acting within the scope of his or her office or employment and on behalf of the corporation or entity, and the commission of the crime was either authorized, requested, commanded, performed, or within the scope of the person's employment on behalf of the corporation or entity or constituted a pattern of conduct that an agent of the corporation or entity knew or should have known was occurring.

(4) Any person who obstructs, or attempts to obstruct, or in any way interferes with or prevents the enforcement of this section shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

(b) Human trafficking in the second degree is a Class B felony.

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  • Cullman attorney Randy Hames, shown here in his mugshot from Monday, March 5, 2018, has been charged with two counts of second-degree human trafficking.