Bond Set For Ashland Man Accused Of Child Pornography, Rape

  • 2/19/2019 8:16:26 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - Bradley S. Weekly, the 42-year-old Ashland man who was accused of sexually propositioning a 13-year-old girl, was present for a bond hearing Tuesday afternoon. Magistrate Paul T. Lange conducted the bond hearing via video.

Since Weekly's arrest, more details have emerged from cases he was accused in. According to Ashland County Prosecutor Chris Tunnell, a search warrant was executed at Weekly's residence. At the residence, three devices were seized by authorities - a computer, a tablet, and a cellular phone - and were analyzed by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The investigation yielded five videos containing child pornography on the devices, along with stills from those videos. Weekly is also accused of multiple rapes throughout the years.

"Once there was some media attention paid to that (Instagram) case, a family member of the defendant has came forward to allege that he has been essentially raping her since she was ten years old," Prosecutor Tunnell said. "That conduct occurred repeatedly up until she was twenty. It ended when she ceased visiting the defendant at his home in Ashland on family occasions. That victim is especially troubling not just because it started when she was ten, but because she suffers from developmental delays that affect her mental capacity, and as a result, she is unable to consent to sexual activity."

Another family member also came forward to allege that she had been assaulted by Weekly. With the multiple assaults, child pornography charges, and the initial case of propositioning, the State of Ohio has built three separate cases against Weekly. Prosecutor Tunnell advised Magistrate Lange on what the State believed Weekly's bond and conditions should be set at.

"Your honor, the allegations across three cases are more than concerning to the State," Tunnell said. "We consider the defendant dangerous. With respect to the '029 case, the State would request $15,000 cash, ban him from the use of any sort of electronic devices, and certainly keep him away from the Internet. In the '031 case, your honor, no contact with the victims, who are known to him. No contact with minors, the court's GPS monitoring, and $250,000 cash."

After hearing Tunnell's suggestions, Magistrate Lange set Weekly's bond based on the cases that the State of Ohio is pursuing against him. Bond was set at $15,000 and $250,000 for the associated child pornography and rape cases, respectively. If Weekly posts bond, his conditions include not having any contact with associated victims, not being able to use or access internet-enabled devices, not being able to partake in alcohol or alcohol-related substances, and being monitored with location-tracking GPS devices.

Weekly will be arraigned by video on Thursday, February 21st at 11:30 AM.

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