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Registered sex offender faces aggravated child abuse charges

A Selma resident is facing abuse-related charges after reportedly beating his stepchild Wednesday.

Eric Theopolis Banks, 40, 1710 Oliver St., was charged with aggravated child abuse after reportedly picking up, body slamming and punching his 12-year-old stepchild on the left side of the face, striking his ear. This reportedly happened after Banks learned the 12-year-old victim was wrestling with his own sibling in their home. Banks, who has been registered as a sex offender on two separate occasions, is currently being held in Dallas County Jail with a bond of $250,000.

ERIC THEOPLIS BANKSweb“When the mother came home, she attempted to discipline the youth, but was met with resistance,” Lt. Curtis Muhannad wrote in a press release. “She went and got the step-father, which led to them restraining the child to administer the punishment.”

Selma Police responded to a call concerning the incident at approximately 11:47 a.m. on the 1400 block of Union Street. When they arrived, officers met with the victim’s aunt and grandmother concerning the incident. The victim’s mother, Patricia Smith, was present, but would not cooperate with officers during the investigation, Muhannad said.

The child was taken to Vaughan Regional Hospital Emergency Room where the child was diagnosed with a ruptured left eardrum from blunt force trauma to his head, according to the Selma Police Department.

Investigators with the Selma Police Department interviewed both Banks and Smith prior to Bank’s arrest.

The Department of Human Resources was notified about the case, and the victim and his siblings were temporarily removed from the home.

Banks, according to Alabama’s sex offender registry, is a two-time registered sex offender. According to his file on the registry, Banks was convicted in Dallas County in 1998 for sexual abuse first and in 2007 was convicted in Dallas County for rape second.

Currently, there are no charges pending against Smith.