Maurertown man faces sex crimes charges

Authorities have charged a Maurertown man with sexual abuse and sexual battery of a 6-year-old girl.

The accused, Dennis Lee Branham, 68, of High View Drive in Mauretown, was arrested in August on similar charges in a case involving a  5-year-old girl.

According to Lt. Chris Baker of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, the 6 year old’s father notified the Sheriff’s Office about an incident that occurred in January.

An investigator interviewed the girl prior to Branham’s arrest, according to Baker.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant on the most recent charges last week while Branham appeared at a bond hearing on the earlier charges, Baker said.

Branham is set to appear in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court at 9 a.m. today. Since the arrest, Branham was  released on a secured $10,000 bond.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com