Baldwin County

Details emerge in arrest of Baldwin County Farmers Market owner

BAY MINETTE, Alabama (WKRG) - WARNING DISTURBING DETAILS

Court documents filed Monday in Baldwin County Circuit Court are providing more details on what lead to the arrest of Richard Stewart, who owns Burris Farm Markets in Loxley and Orange Beach.  The indictments, signed by Baldwin County District Attorney Robert Wilters, state that Richard Stewart:

"did knowingly subject [NAME REDACTED] to sexual contact, to-wit: by forcibly putting his mouth and/or hands on the victims breasts..."

The second indictment states that Richard Stewart:

"did knowingly subject [NAME REDACTED] to sexual contact, to-wit: by forcing the victim to touch his penis..."

Stewart is scheduled for an arraignment on the two felony charges May 23.

 

ORIGINAL STORY;

Richard David Stewart, owner of the Burris Farm Markets in Loxley and Orange Beach, has been booked into the Baldwin County Jail on two counts of Sexual Abuse 1st Degree.  According to the BCSO Jail records Stewart was booked in shortly after 12:30 p.m. Friday and has a bond set at $30,000. Stewart will be required to submit to drug screening and have no contact with the victim once released on bond

District Attorney Bob Wilters says the incident occurred in the Gulf Shores area in the past year and the victim is an adult.

Greg Burris, the original owner, sold the business, along with the rights to the name, to Stewart in 2006 and has no affiliation with the business.

Sexual abuse in the first degree is a Class C felony punishable by not more than 10 years in state prison and a fine of not more than $15,000.

Sexual Abuse in the first degree is defined as:

Section 13A-6-66
Sexual abuse in the first degree.
(a) A person commits the crime of sexual abuse in the first degree if:

(1) He subjects another person to sexual contact by forcible compulsion; or

(2) He subjects another person to sexual contact who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless or mentally incapacitated.

(b) Sexual abuse in the first degree is a Class C felony.

(Acts 1977, No. 607, p. 812, §2320; Act 2006-575, p. 1512, §2.)


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