Sunday, June 21, 2009

Paul Bradley Arrested for Nine Felony Sexual Assault Charges

Paul R. Bradley, 52, Clackamas, Ore., pleaded not guilty Monday to nine felony charges in connection with a sexual assault case involving a Wabash County, Ill. teen.

Bradley appeared in Wabash County Circuit Court Monday before Circuit Judge Paul W. Lamar, waiving his right to a preliminary hearing and formal arraignment. A trial date was set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8. He was represented Monday by Wabash County Public Defender James Lane.

Two pre-trial dates have been set: 2 p.m. July 20 and 11 a.m. Aug. 10. A final pre-trial hearing is scheduled at 11 a.m. Aug. 24.

The charges against Bradley include aggravated kidnapping inflicting harm, aggravated criminal sexual assault, indecent solicitation, child pornography, aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim younger than 17 years, traveling to meet a minor, solicitation to meet a child, unlawful restraint and child abduction.

Wabash County State’s Attorney Cassandra Goldman filed the charges following Bradley’s May 26 arrest Mt. Carmel Police Mike McWilliams and Art Kimmel.

Police found Bradley with the 15-year-old Wabash County male in a rental car parked in the 1100 block of Pear Street during a late night routine traffic stop.

Det. Sgt. Ryan Turner said investigation revealed Bradley was in town for an alleged rendezvous with the juvenile.

“We know for sure the Internet was used to make contact with each other in this case. We don’t know specifically what information was exchanged until we get the FBI analysis of the computers,” Mt. Carmel Police Chief Jeff Besing said after the arrest.

Local police are working with the FBI, Illinois State Police, and the Secretary of State’s office.

Goldman said the charges have been filed locally and would be prosecuted locally, but the investigation is ongoing. She could not say whether other charges would be filed in other places.

She said the allegations are that there was deceit and threat of force used in the matter.

Turner said Bradley took a flight to reach the area, but declined to specify which airport. He said the rental car had been processed for evidence and returned to the car agency. He did not say where Bradley rented the vehicle; only that the agency cooperated with authorities.

Turner said authorities processed a second “location” in Mt. Carmel which may be connected to the case. He did not elaborate.

Circuit Judge Stephen Sawyer set bond at $1 million, and Bradley remains in custody in Wabash County.

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