Alabama man charged with sex crimes against a 10-year-old and 11-year-old

Published 4:24 pm Thursday, September 29, 2022

An Alabama man was charged this week with sex crimes against a 10-year-old child and a 12-year-old child, police said.

Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas said Joey Austin Zellers, 29, of Banks, Alabama, turned himself in on Wednesday at approximately noon.

Thomas said Zellers had been charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, sexual abuse of a 10-year-old and sexual abuse of a 12-year-old.

“These are serious and sickening accusations,” Thomas said. “We plan to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”

Thomas said Zellers was currently in the Pike County Jail under a $110,000 bond.