A former Pocahontas County Deputy Sheriff spent the weekend in jail after he entered not guilty pleas to 47 charges during an arraignment hearing on Friday.
Bradley C. Totten, 40, was arraigned on 47 charges on Friday, before Pocahontas County Circuit Court Judge James Rowe. Totten was named in a 47-county indictment on Aug. 7. Charges include: 21 counts charging him with sexual assault in the third degree; 21 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian; three counts of attempted sexual abuse in the first degree; one count of sexual assault in the second degree; and one count of sexual intercourse with an incarcerated person by a person working as a deputy sheriff, all felonies.
Special Prosecuting Attorney Brian Parsons is handling the case after Pocahontas County Prosecuting Attorney Donna Price recused herself. Parsons said Totten was taken into custody following the hearing.
"He (Totten) was placed in jail in lieu of bond," Parsons said. "He was released on bond and placed on home confinement on Tuesday."
According to the indictment, Totten allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a female younger than 16 from Oct. 1, 1992, through August 1994.
The indictment also alleges Totten attempted to subject another minor who was younger than 16 to sexual contact. Totten allegedly also engaged in sexual intercourse with another woman without her consent by using physical force.
A motion hearing is slated for Oct. 19 in Pocahontas County Circuit Court.
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