Stephen Conrad pleads guilty to child sex abuse charges in Elmore Co.

Published: Aug. 27, 2015 at 9:36 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2015 at 5:50 PM CDT
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ELMORE CO., AL (WSFA) - An Elmore County man who was arrested in 2013 in what was described as one of the county's most horrific sexual abuse crimes against children pleaded guilty Thursday, but to considerably fewer charges.

Tallassee resident Stephen Conrad pleaded to three counts of sex abuse of a child less than 12 and one count of first degree sex abuse.

Conrad was arrested in June 2013 on more than 100 counts of child sexual abuse, rape, and sodomy. The case was so graphic, involving alleged incidences of incest and infants being handcuffed, that most details were unfit for publication.

Before the case went to trial, the Elmore County District Attorney's office dropped the charges due to allegations that evidence had been tainted by then Tallassee Assistant Police Chief Chris Miles. Prosecutors claimed Miles physically coerced Conrad into admitting the crimes.

The case was reopened by the State Bureau of Investigation, and an Elmore County Grand Jury returned in April 2014 with a combined 21 counts against Conrad and his wife, Brandy. She pleaded guilty in February to two counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12.

Stephen Conrad will be sentenced on October 2.

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