A rape suspect who previously faced a child molestation charge as a juvenile was denied bond Friday.
Andre Hunter, 24, is charged with rape, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during the commission of crime in connection with an April 18 abduction.
In Richmond County Superior Court on Friday, Assistant District Attorney John Markwalter said a vehicle pulled up to a woman walking from a bus stop near the Gordon Highway K mart around 6 p.m. April 18. The driver pointed a handgun at her and forced her inside, Markwalter said. The driver drove behind the Coyote’s nightclub and raped the woman at gunpoint before releasing her at another location, Markwalter said.
The woman was able to memorize the license plate number and the investigating sheriff’officer tracked the vehicle down at a local hotel, Markwalter said. Hunter, who was found in room, said he had done nothing wrong, that the woman was a prostitute, Markwalter said.
In 2008, Hunter was initially prosecuted as an adult on a charge of aggravated child molestation. His case was transferred to juvenile court where Hunter was adjudicated as a delinquent and ordered confined for five years with the department of juvenile justice.
Defense attorney Isabella Levy asked Senior Judge Roger Dunaway to set a reasonable bond for Hunter who was working and attending classes at Augusta Technical College. She also cited his family support and lack of felony criminal record.
Dunaway denied bond, finding Hunter posed a danger of fleeing and possible threat to the community.
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