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Judge grants bond in sexual assault case

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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.

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avidreader 03/01/13 - 07:27 pm
In Bed Together?

An adult male and a thirteen-year old girl in bed together! Even if he did not touch her, why would any responsible adult sleep in the same bed with a barely post-pubescent child? Where were this girl's parents? This whole scene sounds sick to me.

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Guntoter 2 03/02/13 - 05:02 pm
This is just another low life

This is just another low life pervert who got caught up in his nasty ratchet behavior and if he's proven guilty..throw the book at him cause he will meet his doom once he get to the big house..them Cons that's awaiting his arrival will see to that..real talk.

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