A grand jury returned indictments
in what was originally labeled as one of the largest child sex abuse cases in
Elmore County. The initial case against Stephen and Brandy Conrad shored
up more than 100 charges, then took a bizarre turn after allegations
surfaced that an officer coerced confessions from Stephen Conrad.
It's taken one year to unravel
the complications with Stephen and Brandy Conrad's original cases, and ABI to
rebuild an entirely new investigation. Now, District Attorney Randall
Houston says he's ready for trial. The case is so graphic, involving handcuffed infants and incest, that it's unfit for
A grand jury returned a combined
21 counts against Brandy and Stephen Conrad. Stephen faces 14 counts: 4
counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12, 2 counts of first degree
sodomy, incest, 3 counts of rape first, sexual torture and 2 counts of forcible
Brandy Conrad was indicted on 2 counts of child sex abuse, 2
counts of first degree sodomy, first degree rape, incest and sexual torture.
Houston says this case will be a
challenge. "It's a unique set of facts as it pertains to a case. Unfortunately,
the part that is going to cause me the most problems has nothing to do with the
actual crimes that have occurred," he said.
Houston is referring to former Tallassee
Assistant Chief Chris Miles, accused of forcefully coercing statements out of
Stephen Conrad. This tainted the original case, forcing the judge to drop
the majority of the charges, many of which were baseless.
that was originally done [by Tallassee Police Department, Chris Miles] was
reinvestigated by ABI, so they started over. Yes, they went down the same
roads, they interviewed some of the same witnesses and came up with some of the
same conclusions, but not all the same conclusions," Houston said. "The victims we have in the
cases we have indicted were all victims that we knew about in the original