Alleged sex abuser denied reduction of $5.4 million bondPublished 9:03am Thursday, June 13, 2013
Facing 109 counts varying from sex abuse, rape and sodomy, Tallassee’s Steven Norman Conrad waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday to have the case bound over to an Elmore County grand jury.
Conrad, 33, was arrested and charged with 109 counts of sex abuse in early May involving at least eight different victims dating as far back as 1999.
The victims, at least three of whom are his biological children, ranged in age from 3 months old to 12 years, according to Deputy Assistant District Attorney CJ Robinson for the 19th Judicial Circuit.
Conrad’s appointed attorney Vince Singleton also asked for a reduction of his client’s bond, which stands at $5.4 million, but it was denied by District Court Judge Glenn Goggans.
“I believe you to be a danger to other people and even the police,” Goggans told Conrad.
Robinson said he hopes to present the case to a grand jury in July.
“That’s the goal right now,” he said.
Conrad’s wife, Brandy Jean Conrad, as well as Helen Hazel Ganntt and Jeffery Mark Ray had their preliminary hearings last week and all three cases have been bound over to be presented to a grand jury.
Brandy Jean Conrad is charged with two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sodomy and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse.
Gantt was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of enticing a child for immoral purposes and one count of first-degree sexual abuse.
Ray was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sexual assault.