Accused Athens rapist was out on bail

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 6:09 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- A Clarke County grand jury has charged a homeless man with raping a woman in 2009 and another woman last month while he was out on bail from the previous crime.

Avery Christopher Bradford was in jail for more than a year without an indictment on the first rape charge.

But Tuesday, a little more than two weeks after police say Bradford raped again Nov. 28, the district attorney brought both assaults to the grand jury.

Bradford, 46, is accused in an indictment of nine felonies for the pair of attacks - three counts of rape, three counts of aggravated sodomy, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated sexual battery.

Athens-Clarke police arrested Bradford in July 2009 after they say he assaulted a homeless woman under a bridge in East Athens. He was held without bail for more than a year, until Aug. 25, when Chief Judge Lawton Stephens ordered him released on his own recognizance.

District Attorney Ken Mauldin hadn't brought the 2009 rape case to a grand jury by then because, he said in a Dec. 3 interview, the investigation was hampered when authorities were unable to find the homeless rape victim.

Bradford's attorney successfully argued for a series of bail reductions, and prosecutors eventually agreed to let the suspect out of jail for free but with restrictions, including he stay at his father's home in Crawford and not return to Clarke County.

But Bradford did return to the county.

On Nov. 28, Athens-Clarke police arrested him after a 31-year-old Athens woman reported that Bradford assaulted her at a home on Honeysuckle Lane off West Broad Street. He raped and sodomized the woman, and choked and beat her unconscious, police said.

The indictment alleges that he raped her twice.

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tuffenuf4u
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tuffenuf4u 12/16/10 - 08:25 am
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Only one way to take care of

Only one way to take care of the problem: A pair of tin snips, and a surgeon. Don't kill him, just make him sexually neutral for the rest of his life.

CABoatright
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CABoatright 12/16/10 - 08:42 am
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Tuffenuf, no need for a
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Tuffenuf, no need for a surgeon. I would do it for free...without anesthesia.

slickrayder
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slickrayder 12/16/10 - 09:18 am
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sound like a plan

sound like a plan CABOATRIGHT,,,,,u need an assistant...would be my pleasure

workedforit
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workedforit 12/16/10 - 10:26 am
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Since Judge Lawton Stephens
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Since Judge Lawton Stephens saw fit to let him out, why not let the criminal move into the good judges home, if he thinks the guy is safe, let him expose his family to him.

Chillen
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Chillen 12/16/10 - 12:38 pm
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More leniency from our court

More leniency from our court system. Will they ever learn?!

These folks need to lose their cushy government jobs & pensions when crap like this happens.

I wonder how Judge Lawton Stephens can even sleep at night. He is DIRECTLY responsible for a woman being raped, sodomized, choked and beaten.

He should be ashamed of himself.

IsAmericaFree
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IsAmericaFree 12/16/10 - 12:51 pm
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Hate to say it but the whole

Hate to say it but the whole system failed this woman! Why couldn't they make him where a monitoring device?

CABoatright
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CABoatright 12/16/10 - 01:29 pm
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Slickrayder, You got the
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Slickrayder, You got the job...all you gotta do is hand me the tin snips!

fontana
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fontana 12/16/10 - 02:19 pm
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Liberal court system. They

Liberal court system. They are probably blaming the victim. The liberal system doesn't think things are serious until it happens to someone in their family.

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