Man charged with sexual abuse of 5-year-old girl

Dennis Branham

A Maurertown man was charged with sexual abuse and aggravated sexual battery of a child on Monday.

Dennis Lee Branham, 68, was arrested by Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office investigators and will appear in court for the two felony charges next week.

Lt. Chris Baker, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said a complainant contacted the office on Friday about a sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl that occurred on Thursday. He said an investigator then met with the complainant, continuing work on the case into the weekend.

Branham is being held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail and is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Aug. 11.

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