Hopewell Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Crime

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Wednesday, July 10, 2002 - 04:56 AM
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A man accused of sleeping with his 15-year-old step daughter and getting her pregnant changed his plea to guilty in Muskingum county common pleas court. According to Muskingum county prosecutor MIke Haddox, Rbert Branell of Hopewell was charged with sexual battery in January of this year for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with his step daughter. Originally the 44-year-old pleaded not guilty to the third degree felony charge. However, after the stepdaughter became pregnant and had the baby, authorities used D-N-A testing to identify the baby's father...tests showed the father was Branell. Muskingum county common pleas judge Butch Zwelling has ordered a pre-sentence investigation into the case.

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