‘Immoral’ request leads to arrest

Published 7:55 pm Thursday, June 4, 2009

Clanton Police officials confirmed they had arrested a Maplesville man for “enticing a child, minor for immoral purposes.”

In a release Thursday, Clanton Chief of Police Brian Stilwell said his department had arrested Benny Ray Nix, 57, of Maplesville for allegedly approaching a 12-year-old girl in the West End community. In the release, police report Nix allegedly offered the minor “money and alcohol to go with him for immoral purposes.”

According to statements taken from witnesses, Stilwell said the girl “fled and went home. Mr. Nix apparently followed the girl home, and he offered the girl’s mother money to be allowed to take her daughter.”

Stilwell said the mother immediately called the police. Nix was apprehended on 11th Street in Clanton.

“I must commend the young lady and her mother,” Stilwell said. “The young lady did exactly what she was supposed to do and run for home and told her mother.

“The mother and her daughter were able to give an excellent description of Mr. Nix and his vehicle, which led to his immediate apprehension.”

Nix is currently being held at the Chilton County Jail under a $10,000 bond.