Suspect in rape of 5-year-old requests reduced bond at hearing

Suspect in rape of 5-year-old requests reduced bond at hearing
Steven Sarandon Barnes (Source: Elmore County Jail)

ELMORE COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - A man accused of raping a 5-year-old girl appeared in court Tuesday for his preliminary hearing.

According to Chief Assistant District Attorney C.J. Robinson, Steven Sarandon Barnes waived his hearing but did request a reduced bond. An Elmore County judge set a $10 million cash bond for the 28-year-old Montgomery man in April - $5 million for first degree rape and $5 million for aggravated child abuse. The judge also set a $10,000 bond for a first degree marijuana possession charge.

Steven Sarandon Barnes
Steven Sarandon Barnes (Source: Elmore County Jail)

Elmore County District Judge Glenn Goggans ruled the bond would not change, based on the nature of the charges against Barnes and the belief that he is a danger to the public.

Barnes is accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old Millbrook girl. The victim was treated at the Prattville Baptist Hospital emergency room then UAB Children’s of Alabama, where she underwent surgery.

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