Mobile man sentenced to 446 years for abuse of minors in Bay Minette


BAY MINETTE, Alabama — A Mobile man was sentenced to 446 years in prison on Thursday, Jan. 21 for the 2017 sexual assault of the daughters of a Bay Minette woman he was dating at the time.

According to a release issued Thursday by the Bay Minette police Department, 42-year-old Anthony Lacy Couch of Mobile was sentenced by Judge Scott Taylor on three counts of first-degree sodomy, first-degree forcible rape, second-degree sodomy, misdemeanor sex abuse and felony sex abuse.

According to the release, the sentence was the result of a complaint made by a parent of two minor female juveniles that came to the Bay Minette Police Department in July of 2017.

The complainant had discovered at the time that his two juvenile females had been sexually assaulted in early June and July of 2017. Couch was in a dating relationship with the mother of the two female juveniles at the time.

Online records show Couch was booked into the Baldwin County Corrections Facility on those charges in August of 2017, along with 15 counts of dissemination/display of child pornography. He was later indicted by a grand jury on the sexual abuse charges.

“Today was a victory for the two young victims in this case,” said Bay Minette Police Chief Al Tolbert. “The investigators, prosecutors, and other law enforcement agencies who partnered in assisting with this case all did a great job in bringing justice for the two young victims in this case as well.”