Child Sexual Abuse Charges: Suspect's Bond Set At $5.45M
by Matt Okarmus
Montgomery Advertiser

Tallassee Police escort Stephen Norman Conrad Jr. into the Elmore County Jail in Wetumpka on Tuesday. (Lloyd Gallman/Montgomery Advertiser)
Bond for a Tallassee man accused of 109 counts of child sexual abuse has been set at more than $5 million.

Stephen Norman Conrad Jr., 31, had his first court appearance Wednesday in Elmore County District Court. He was advised of the charges against him by Judge Glenn Goggins and given an aggregate total bond of $5.45 million for all the counts, said Chief Deputy District Attorney C.J. Robinson.

"It is a bond, but it's a very high bond so the chances of him getting out are not very high," Robinson said.

The Tallassee Police Department charged Conrad with 109 felony counts of child sexual abuse. Robinson said there were 47 counts of rape first degree, 14 counts of sodomy first degree and 48 counts of sexual abuse of a child younger than 12. The case involves eight victims.

District Attorney Randall Houston said an attorney will be appointed for Conrad. The attorney has the option of filing a motion for a preliminary hearing. Otherwise, the case will proceed to the grand jury.

$5.45 million bond set for child sex abuse suspect: Stephen Conrad, 31, of Tallassee had his first court appearance in Elmore County on Wednesday. Conrad is accused of 109 counts of child sexual abuse. (Matt Okarmus, Montgomery Advertiser)
Police investigators believe the alleged abuse dates back 11 years, and all of the alleged victims were younger than 12 at the time of the abuse.

Police also have arrested Conrad's wife, Brandy Jean Conrad, 26; Helen Hazel Gantt, 56; and Jeffrey Mark Ray, 41; all of Tallassee. They are accused of witnessing abuse and not reporting it.