Bond denied in Augusta child rape case

Bond was denied Wednesday for a 31-year-old man facing multiple felony charges, including rape and aggravated child molestation.

 

Jonathan Denham has been held without bond since July 2014. He has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court in connection with three cases – the sexual assault, theft by receiving and aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Judge Michael N. Annis sided with the prosecutor, finding Denham could pose a danger to the community and potential witnesses, but he pressed both attorneys to commit to a trial date of April 9.

Assistant District Attorney Ashley Muller inherited Denham’s cases last summer. Robert MacGregor is the fifth defense attorney assigned to represent Denham since his arrest.

Denham is accused of the sexual assault of a then 3-year-old in May 2014. The theft and aggravated assault charges stem from July 2014. In those cases he is accused of possessing a stolen handgun and pointing it at two people.

Although Denham has a number of misdemeanor convictions, he has no felony conviction. A 2012 child molestation case in which he was accused of having sex with an underage girl was reduced to the misdemeanor offense of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com

 

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