Man indicted for sex abuse

Published 8:21 pm Tuesday, July 22, 2014

An Opp man is back in jail on a bond of more than $2 million after being indicted by a grand jury on charges ranging from rape and sodomy to sexual abuse of a child.

Jerry Wayne Scofield, 59, of Opp, was taken into custody by Covington County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Paige Spivey Monday. Scofield was originally jailed in December, after an unrelated case revealed he allegedly sexually abused a female relative for years. Scofield’s December arrest came after a months-long investigation, CCSO officials said at the time.

“The victim actually reported the crime to the sheriff’s office while we were working another, unrelated and non-sexual abuse related, case,” Investigator Ted Motley said in December. Motley confirmed that the victim in the case is a female who is related to Scofield.

Scofield was later released on a $30,000 bond, but was arrested again Monday after five grand jury indictments.

According to officials with the CCSO, Scofield has been charged with rape I, sodomy I, sexual abuse I and sexual abuse of a child under 12.

He was booked into the Covington County Jail on a $2,500,000 bond.