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2 victims accuse JeffCo man of sexually abusing them as children

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Jay Strickland. Source: Jefferson County Jail Jay Strickland. Source: Jefferson County Jail
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A UAB nurse anesthetist is accused of sexually abusing two people when they were children.

Jay Strickland is charged with two counts of sexual abuse and one count of first-degree sodomy.

The charges were filed after a man and woman came forward with information claiming Strickland abused them when they were younger.

Strickland is out of jail after posting a $70,000 bond. Court records indicate he is from Morris.

UAB Hospital said they have placed Strickland on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. They released this statement:

"Jay Strickland has been placed on administrative leave pending the proper investigation of the circumstances of his arrest. Until more information is available, it would be inappropriate to comment further."

Strickland's attorney, Richard Jaffe, released this statement:

"The law firm of Jaffe and Drennan represents Jay Strickland who faces allegations that are claimed to have occurred over seven or more years ago. Jay is deeply distressed and shocked about these unproven allegations, according to Richard S. Jaffe his lead attorney. Jay has resigned from his volunteer leadership position with his former church. Unfortunately these charges must and need to be fairly and vigorously tested in a court of law. Jay has an exemplary background and character, and those who know him are extremely upset and equally shocked by the allegations."

FOX6 News has also learned that Strickland has volunteered with the Warrior Fire Department for about four years.

Chief James Neely said Strickland will not be allowed to continue volunteering in light of the allegations.

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