Pomeroy man pleads innocent to rape

By Sarah Hawley - [email protected]

POMEROY — A Pomeroy man remains in jail after pleading innocent to one count of rape.

Brad Lee Branham, 18, of Pomeroy, appeared in Meigs County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday to be arraigned on the single count indictment.

Judge I. Carson Crow entered the plea for Branham, who appeared without counsel for the arraignment.

Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Adkins requested bond for Branham remain set at $500,000 with 10 percent permitted as was previously set in Meigs County Court. Crow accepted the recommendation, setting bond at $500,000 with 10 percent permitted.

Prosecutor James K. Stanley told the Sentinel that the alleged offense involved a teenage female, who was under the age of 16. There is no family connection between Branham and the victim in the case, and Stanley stated the two may have known one another through school.

Public defender Karyn Justice was appointed to represent Branham in the case.

An initial pretrial in the case is scheduled for April 3, with a final pretrial on April 17. A trial date is tentatively set for May 25.

By Sarah Hawley

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Reach Sarah Hawley at 740-992-2155 ext. 2555 or on Twitter @SarahHawleyNews.

Reach Sarah Hawley at 740-992-2155 ext. 2555 or on Twitter @SarahHawleyNews.