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3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
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Monday, 26 January 2015

Trial Starts for First of Couple of Alleged, Sickening, Child Sex Abusers

ELMORE COUNTY, ALABAMA (WSFA) - The trial for one of the suspects involved in a horrible child sexual abuse case in Elmore County is set to begin Monday.

Brandy Conrad is charged with one count of sex abuse and torture, two counts of sex abuse of a child less than 12, two counts of sodomy first, and one count of first degree rape.

Stephen and Brandy Conrad
Back in March, Brandy's attorney argued to get her bond reduced, but the judge denied the motion, saying this was one of the most horrific child sex cases he's seen in his 25 years on the bench.

In September, however, Brandy's attorneys petitioned the court for a reduced bond and Circuit Judge John Bush approved the motion. Her bond amount was reduced from $215,000 to $165,000.

Brandy is the wife of Stephen Conrad, who faced more than 100 child sex abuse charges that were ultimately dropped by the Elmore County District Attorney's office due to coercion from former Tallassee Assistant Police Chief Chris Miles. 
Stephen Conrad 100 CSA charges
dropped due police incompetence

Both were charged again with warrants from the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

Stephen's trial date has been delayed pending the results of mental evaluations.

100 counts dropped because Assistant Police Chief coerced confession

He's one of the most notorious criminal suspects in Elmore County. Now most of the 105 counts against defendant Stephen Conrad, who had been indicted on rape, sodomy and child sex abuse counts, won't hold up in court.

In May, Tallassee Police Chief Jimmy Rogers called the investigation surrounding Conrad "unprecedented for Elmore County," as new witnesses and victims came forward almost daily following the initial arrest. 

According to Elmore County District Attorney Randall Houston, the same could now be said for the investigation.

"It's sickening. We prepared a 105 count indictment. Now we have to dismiss 100 of those counts," Houston said.

Houston learned Nov. 15 only five of the counts were backed up with solid evidence during a meeting with ABI.

"The remaining counts are based on what we've determined to be a coerced confession," Houston said.

Former Tallassee Assistant Police
Chief Chris Miles
Houston says former Tallassee Assistant Police Chief Chris Miles, the investigating officer, is responsible for tainting the investigation to the extent the cases had to be dropped against Conrad's three co-defendants, Brandy Conrad, Helen Gantt and Mark Ray, immediately.   

That's great. all we need is over-zealous cops who think they are above the law to get charges against monstrous child abusers thrown out of court. They do far more damage than good. Police - stop watching TV!

What's left of the case is based on testimony from three adult witnesses who were allegedly abused by Conrad as children -- information Houston sees as "solid" evidence.

While the FBI and ABI investigates Miles' involvement in this case, Houston admits there's no way to know the former officer's impact on pending cases currently being prosecuted by the DA's Office or other active investigations at the Tallassee Police Department.

"He was the evidence technician at the Tallassee Police Department. So all the evidence was logged in. Any drug cases, any cases where we have to have the evidence to introduce the trial, those cases are going to have to be looked at very closely. He is a link in the chain of custody, and we will not use him as a witness for any case in the 19th Circuit," Houston said.

This information was presented to Judge John Bush during Conrad's plea hearing Tuesday morning. Judge Bush continued the hearing until Friday.

According to the district attorney, if Conrad chooses to plead not guilty to the five counts, ABI will pursue a new case with likely more charges.