UPDATE: Nelsonville man gets 9 years in prison for sexual assaults

ATHENS, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 7/2/19 12:15 P.M.

A 19-year-old Athens County man was sentenced to nine years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life following his conviction for multiple sexual assaults.

Brandon Humphrey of Nelsonville was convicted on June 28 in Athens County Common Pleas Court.

The crimes were related to activity that occurred when he was both a juvenile and an adult, Prosecuting Attorney Keller Blackburn's office said in a news release.

Blackburn said six women cooperated in the monthslong investigation that involved his office, the Athens County Sheriff's Office, Athens County Children Services and the Athens County Child Advocacy Center.


UPDATE: 4/16/19 10:05 A.M.

An 18-year-old Nelsonville made pleaded not guilty Monday to rape and gross-sexual -imposition charges.

Brandon T. Humphrey remains in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on a $500,000 bond.

A grand jury indicted Humphrey on five counts of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition, crimes involving as many as six juveniles that prosecutors said allegedly occurred between July 2015 and June 2018.

He is scheduled to go on trial on May 14 in Athens County Common Pleas Court.


ORIGINAL STORY:

An 18-year-old Nelsonville man is facing rape and other charges involving as many as six juveniles, authorities said.

Brandon T. Humphrey was charged with five counts of first-degree rape and three counts of gross-sexual imposition by an Athens County grand jury on Monday. The crimes allegedly occurred between July 2015 and June 2018.

Prosecuting Attorney Keller Blackburn said, Humphrey, who is being held in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail, was previously indicted on charges of rape, sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Blackburn said the new charges stem from a bind over from juvenile court for allegations that occurred when Humphrey was younger than 18.

Blackburn said Humphrey agreed to the bind-over and was scheduled to enter a plea on two different occasions but did not follow through. Prosecutors plan to seek a joinder of the cases.

An arraignment hearing in Athens County Common Pleas Court is scheduled for April 17.