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D.A. Slater's father charged with enticing a child

78-year-old Charles Fessenden (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Department) 78-year-old Charles Fessenden (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Department)

Glenwood Upper School substitute teacher, 78-year-old Charles Fessenden, was arrested and charged with enticing a child.

Phenix City Police tell News Leader 9 the incident did happen at Glenwood School with a student under the age of 16 while Fessenden was working as a sub.

School administrators have been advised to not comment on the investigation, but they do tell News Leader 9 that Charles Fessenden is no longer employed with their school.

Because the case involves a child and is still under investigation, police won't comment on the specific details of what occurred inside the school. They will tell us the law defines enticing a child as "any adult attempting to entice a child under the age of 16 to perform an act of sexual conduct. It is listed as a Class C felony and if convicted, the suspect could face prison time.

Charles Fessenden is also the father of Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Julia Fessenden Slater. When News Leader 9 contacted her for a comment on the charges brought against her father she said, "Of course, at this point, it's a mere allegation, I stand by my father.  I have faith in the judicial system.  It has nothing to do with my job.  It's not in Columbus, not in my jurisdiction.  It won't have any impact on how I do my job here in Columbus."

Fessenden was taken to the Lee County Detention Center where he posted a $5,000 bond.

Charles Fessenden is being represented by attorney Jeremy Armstrong out of Phenix City. He did not wish to comment on the on-going investigation at this time. A preliminary trial date has not been set.

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