Registered sex offender facing sexual abuse charges in Dothan

DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — A registered sex offender in Dothan is behind bars after Dothan Police Investigators claimed he sexually abused a minor over one year.

According to Dothan Police, in December 2023, an unidentified minor revealed to someone they had been sexually abused between August 2019 and August 2020.

Dothan Police Lt. Scott Owen says investigators began looking into the claims and identified the suspect as Thomas Michael Thiel Jr., a previously registered sex offender.

Thiel was arrested early on Wednesday, March 6, and booked into the Houston County Jail on a $30,000 bond. He is facing one count of sexual abuse of a child less than 12.

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