A judge granted bond to an Augusta water works employee who pleaded not guilty Friday to sexual assault charges in Columbia County.
Superior Court Senior Judge William M. Fleming Jr. granted a $40,000 bond to Brett Bennie Langham, 33, who was indicted Feb. 13 on aggravated sexual battery charges by a Columbia County grand jury.
Assistant District Attorney Amanda Heath said Langham inappropriately touched a 13-year-old girl Nov. 9-11 while staying the night at a Columbia County home. The girl said Langham rubbed her stomach, then moved his hand to her pants before she stopped him, rolled back over and went to sleep.
The girl said she awoke with his hand in her pants assaulting her, Heath said.
The girl told her family, who reported the incident Nov. 26.
Defense attorney David Ghazi said Langham touched the girl to move her up in the bed, not to assault her. Ghazi also said the girl was deceitful in the past and possibly made up the story.
Langham was a whistleblower in 2010 allegations of time card fraud in the water department, where he works as a water treatment plant operator.
In August, Langham, a district representative for the Richmond County Republican Party, pleaded with the Augusta Commission to compensate his family for flood damage in Hollywood subdivision.