The case of a man charged with first-degree voyeurism for allegedly taking an intimate photo of a child while in church in Mobile County is headed to a grand jury.

Richard Hightower, 53, of Moss Point, was convicted earlier this year of indecent exposure in a case where prosecutors said he exposed himself to students at the University of South Alabama. He was sentenced to a one-year split sentence with four months to serve. He was also given one year probation.

During the investigation, the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office said it discovered evidence Hightower photographed a minor underneath her clothing during a church service.

“Due to his previous felony convictions in the state of Mississippi, Richard Hightower is a habitual offender, and we will fully prosecute the alleged criminal acts,” said Mobile County District Attorney Keith Blackwood.

On Thursday, the new case against Hightower was sent to the grand jury for consideration.

The Mobile County District Attorney’s Office is asking anyone with information to come forward by calling Chief Investigator Don Gomien at 251-574-6681 or emailing him at [email protected].

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