Sheriff’s deputies arrested an Etta man Monday, charging him with seven counts of sexual battery.
Brad Martin, 36, of 2046 State Hwy. 30 West, remained in custody with bond set at $350,000 during Monday’s initial appearance.
Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said the bond was so high because of the potential severity of a sentence upon conviction. Depending on the ages of a suspect and victim, up to a life sentence could be possible, he said.
Edwards said their investigation began Thursday evening this past week and continued through the weekend, leading to Martin’s arrest Monday.
The sheriff said the charges relate to a series of abuse that has been going on for more than a year, involving a female victim under age 16.
“They finally decided to contact the authorities and get it stopped,” the sheriff said.
The suspect has no felony criminal record officers are aware of, Edwards added.