3 suspects in Tallassee child sex abuse case have first court hearing

Published: Jun. 7, 2013 at 1:27 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2013 at 1:27 AM CDT
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TALLASSEE, AL (WSFA) - Three of the four people arrested is one of the most horrific sexual abuse crimes ever in the history of Elmore County were in front of a judge Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

Brandy Conrad, Helen Gantt and Mark Ray were in court while the man accused of sexually molesting at least 8 children, Stephen Conrad Jr., won't have a hearing until June 11.

Conrad, Gantt and Ray are all charged with failure to report the sexual abuse of a child.

Testifying for the State as its leading witness was Assistant Tallassee Police Chief Chris Miles. Following Miles' testimony, the judge found enough probable cause to bound all three suspects over to a Grand Jury.

The defense made a motion to lower each suspect's bond but the requests were denied.

Stephen Conrad Jr. was arrested on April 22 on 109 sexual abuse, rape and sodomy charges. He's being held in the Elmore County Jail.

Four of the eight victims were Conrad's own children. Some of the other victims were children of women whom Conrad dated over the years, according to the police chief.

Police say all victims in this case are believed to be under the age of 12.

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