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Former Alabama State Rep. Perry Hooper was indicted on sex abuse charges Friday, according to reports.

U.S. Marshals arrested Hooper on the night of August 16 at an Italian restaurant in Montgomery. They charged him with first-degree sexual abuse.  

Hooper was accused of grabbing the breast and waist of a woman and shoving his pelvis against her backside while kissing her neck.

Federal agents took Hooper to the Montgomery County Detention Facility, where he was released on $15,000 bail.

Hooper represented District 73 in the Alabama House of Representatives for nearly 20 years. His career in the Alabama Legislature ended in 2003 when David Grimes defeated him in the Republican primary.

Since then, Hooper has remained active in the Republican Party, co-chairing Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign in Alabama. He was one of six candidates considered by former Gov. Robert Bently for the U.S. Senate after Jeff Sessions resigned to become U.S. Attorney General but lost the appointment to Luther Strange and declined to run in the 2017 special election.

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