An Alabama foster care employee who allegedly abused a child in his care has been charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
A juvenile court judge Friday ordered the former officer, who was employed by the Birmingham-area agency that oversees the state’s foster care system, to be held without bail pending trial.
His attorney, David Eller, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
A spokesman for the Alabama Department of Public Safety and Corrections declined to comment Friday on the charges.
The charge against Michael Satterfield, who has been with the state agency since 2007, is the first criminal charges against him in state criminal courts.
A statement from the Alabama Attorney General’s Office says that the alleged sexual abuse took place in August 2015, two years after the alleged victim had graduated from high school and the alleged abuse occurred in his foster care.
The statement says Satterfeins son was found to be in imminent danger.
He was taken to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital with a severe head injury and later died.