Man from Arab charged in Cullman with sexual abuse of child; Hanceville man facing SORNA charges


Justin Anthony Jeffries, Jr., left; Jason Lynn Cloud, right (Cullman County Sheriff’s Office)

CULLMAN – Two men were arrested recently by the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) for sex crimes; the two cases are separate and not related.

Justin Anthony Jeffries Jr., 25, of Arab, has been charged with sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.

A spokesperson for the CCSO said investigators worked the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) during the investigation after a minor child came forward with the allegation.

Due to the victim’s age and graphic nature of the crime, no details will be released.

Jeffries has made bond.

In a separate case, CCSO deputies arrested Jason Lynn Cloud, 40, of Hanceville, charging him with several violations of the SORNA Act (Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act), as well other charges.

Charges include failure to provide registration information SORNA, failure to register/establish termination address SORNA, sexual offender failure to register termination employment SORNA, first-degree theft of property, failure to obtain travel document  SORNA.

“I would like to thank the deputies, investigators and the CAC who all worked to see these suspects were arrested. The sheriff’s office will always stay vigilant keeping track of sex offenders and arresting those who don’t follow the law,” said Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry. “Also, as I have stated many times, I don’t see how anyone can harm a child, and when they do we will also arrest those suspects as well.”

Cloud is a registered sex offender. He is being held in the Cullman County Detention Center on an $80,000 bond.

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