Tallassee Couple Indicted On Multiple Child Sex Abuse Charges

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By Catalina Trivino

From Elmore County -- a Tallassee couple accused of sexually abusing multiple children has now been indicted once again with more charges against them. This comes after most of their originial charges were dropped because the lead investigator of the case was being investigated himself.

The Elmore County District Attorney's office says this is the first time they've had charges that could convict both Stephen Conrad and his ex-wife Brandy Conrad Hughes a big step towards closing the case.

New charges have been filed against Stephen Conrad and his ex-wife Brandy Hughes. Stephen Conrad is facing 15 charges -- ranging from Sex Abuse of a Child Under 12, Sodomy, Child Abuse, Incest, Sexual Torture, Rape and Sex Abuse.

Conrad's ex-wife, Brandy Hughes, faces seven charges for Sex Abuse of a Child Under 12,  Sodomy, Rape, Incest and Sexual Torture. This comes after the Alabama Bureau of Investigation had to reinvestigate the case.
  
"Now we're back to multiple victims. I believe we are back to four different victims," Said Elmore County Chief Deputy For the District Attorney's Office, C.J. Robinson.

A case that originally started with eight victims, then no victims after having to start the case from square one.

The lead investigator of the case, Chris Miles, was accused of physically coercing both defendants to confess. So all the evidence he attained, was no longer valid.

"They determined there was medical records, they would go back and look at those medical records, resubpeona them, whatever they needed to do so that we would not have to rely on the original investigation," Said Randal Houston, Elmore County District Attorney.

It's an investigation Houston says is finally on the right track. towards being able to convict Stephen Conrad and Brandy Hughes.

"It's taken a long time, it's been a long road but we are very comfortable that the charges we have now are charges we can prove in a court of law with a judge and a jury," Said Houston, who believes the evidence could lead to life in prison.

Hughes bond was previously set to a quarter million dollars. Conrad's was set at $410,000. The DA's office says those bonds are going to be much higher with new charges added, although they have still not been set.

Alabama News Network reached out to Conrad's attorney. Our phone calls were not returned. Conrad and Hughes are set to be arraigned next month.
 




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