South Alabama firefighter accused of sexually abusing woman in wheelchair

Published 2:02 pm Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A South Alabama firefighter has been indicted by Houston County grand jury on multiple sex crimes against a woman who was confined to a wheelchair.

News sources report that Steven Todd Hallford, 50, of Dothan, has been charged with two counts of first-degree rape and four counts of first-degree sodomy. Police say he is accused of committing multiple sex crimes against a woman who is confined to a wheelchair.

Hallford was arrested while on duty with the Slocomb Fire/Rescue Department in October. He is a former fighter with the Dothan Fire Department and a former firefighter-paramedic with the Headland Fire/Rescue Department.

Police responded to an emergency medical call that day at Pointe South Trailer Park, where the 57-year-old woman had fallen out of her wheelchair. Officers and medics responded because the doors at the trailer were locked.

While the woman was being medically checked out, she told officers about the sexual offenses. Hallford lived in the same trailer park. He was arrested later that day. Owens said the case involves DNA evidence.

Hallford is out of jail on a $150,000 bond. Hallford’s arraignment hearing is scheduled for Sept. 8 in Houston County Circuit Judge John Steensland III.