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24-year sentenced handed out in sex-abuse case

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Bird was accused of abusing several children over a period of years

By Emile Hallez

A Jefferson County judge on March 9 sentenced James Craig Bird to 24 years to life in prison, the maximum possible sentence, in connection with the sexual abuse of several children over a period of years.
Bird, 65, pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to a single count of sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust in a pattern of abuse. He had been charged with manipulating and assaulting several children to whom he served as a father figure.


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