Stephen Conrad sentence to 16 years in sex abuse case

Stephen Conrad sentence to 16 years in sex abuse case
(Source: WSFA 12)
(Source: WSFA 12)

ELMORE CO., AL (WSFA) - Stephen Conrad, who was arrested in 2013 for horrific sexual abuse crimes against children was sentenced to 16 years in prison by an Elmore County Judge.

In August, Conrad pleaded guilty to three counts of child sex abuse of a child less than 12 and one count of first degree sex abuse. He was arrested in June of 2013 on counts of child sex abuse, rape and sodomy.

District Attorney Randall Houston called it a notorious case in the 19th Judicial Circuit, and other related cases are still pending.

"The fallout from the first part of the case is still ongoing," Houston said.

For the first time, Conrad showed emotion as his attorney read a statement on his behalf, apologizing for the emotional and physical pain he's imposed.

"He did not speak to the judge," Houston said. "He had his lawyer speak for him, that's the first emotion I've seen on his part. I hope he has come to understand the enormity of the evil he did and it is finally hitting.  Of course it could also be that he's emotional because he's going to prison."

The initial case against Conrad contained more than 100 charges, then took a bizarre turn after allegations surfaced that an officer coerced confessions from Conrad. The case was so graphic, involving alleged incidences of incest and infants being handcuffed, that most details were unfit for publication.

"We think 16 years is a victory because we've saved these children from being re-victimized and having to live through this again," Houston explained.  Even if they had no memory, if they were sitting in the courtroom subjected to it, or had to go through cross examination, it would have been difficult."

Of the four victims, two were so young they had no memory of the abuse, another victim was mentally challenged which would have made it difficult to offer testimony against Conrad.

Houston was joined by Conrad's father-in-law, now caring for the children, some who were also victims. He spoke to Judge Bush and Conrad before the sentence was imposed.

"Just remember what has been done here," Mr. Hughes said while choking back tears. "For you Stephen, I pray you have come to know Jesus Christ so you eternal life is not messed up."

The mother of another victim also stood with Houston before Judge Bush during sentencing.

"She communicated to me that she does not want to see him on the street to victimize any other children," Houston said. "She's taking her child to counseling twice a week, and it's been a real ordeal and she's struggling to give her child a normal life."

Conrad's common law wife, Brandy, pleaded guilty to similar charges and is serving a 10-year sentence.

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