Cullman Attorney Charged With Human Trafficking

by | Mar 5, 2018 | Breaking News, Crime, Public Safety

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Cullman Attorney Charged With Human Trafficking

Cullman Attorney Randy Hames was taken into custody this morning at the Cullman County Courthouse by deputies with the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office.

Hames was practicing law inside the Courthouse at the time of the arrest.

Transported to the Cullman County Detention Center, he was processed, booked and charged with:

• Human Trafficking – 2nd degree (2 counts)

Arrested in late February, the 75-year-old Cullman Attorney stands accused by Kayla Carreker and Tomeka Bartlett of stalking them as well as seeking sexual interactions in exchange for rent payments.

As as a result, four (4) misdemeanor charges were filed against Hames at the Cullman County Courthouse through the 32nd Circuit Clerk’s Office. At the time, the charges filed against him were:

• Soliciting Prostitution – 2 counts
• Stalking – 2nd degree – 2 counts

Bond was set at $300 for each case.

The bond amount for this new set of charges is $15,000 per case.

The Alabama Code of 1975 defines Human Trafficking in the 2nd degree as:

(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.

Human trafficking in the second degree is a Class B felony, punishable – if convicted – shall be for a definite term of imprisonment, which imprisonment includes hard labor of not more than 20 years or less than two years.

Hames has retained the services of Berry, Berry, Little, Brunner, and Chaney to defend him against this charge. We contacted the firm this morning; they indicated they had no comment on Hames or his charges, at this time.

An example of the accusations facing Hames is from this written statement originally submitted by Kayla Carreker to the Circuit Clerk’s office:

“On December 9th (2017) he proceded his way into my home (lot 4B) and asked for sexual favors which I have on video also. he has stalked + followed me to work to the point I am in fear to continue working my job and quit, and is still continuing to go to my work. He has threatened to have our children taken away. Tomeka + I both fear Randy Hames because he abuses his power in our community. Would also get angry when I had male company @ my home. the day after I refused to accept his sexual offers I was served with an eviction notice.”

Note: Mr. Hames been charged with offenses, NOT convicted of crimes. The judicial process following this arrest ultimately determines his personal guilt or innocence in regards to the criminal charges. If found guilty of any of the charges, his criminal sentencing and possible punishment will be largely determined by the statutes written in the Alabama Code for such matters.

Cullman County Detention Center

Cullman Attorney Charged With Human Trafficking

Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

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