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Brasher man sent back to jail following hearing on child rape count

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BRASHER FALLS - A 55-year-old Brasher Falls man was sent back to the county jail with bail continued at $5,000 following a preliminary hearing late Monday afternoon in Brasher Town Court.

Massena-based state police had charged Pierre J. Bond, 55, of 44 Union St., Brasher Falls, with a felony count of first-degree rape Thursday after responding to a sexual abuse complaint at 3:55 p.m. Thursday.

Brasher Town Justice John Burns ruled following the preliminary that evidence presented at the hearing merited the case being sent up to superior court for possible presentment to a grand jury.

The alleged victim, an elementary-school aged female under 11 years old, was the sole witness at the preliminary hearing.

The hearing was prosecuted by St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Andrew T. Botts. Bond was represented by St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison B. Appleby.

Mr. Botts urged the court to hike bail to $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond, but Brasher Town Justice John L. Burns sent Bond back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail continued at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. .

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