BON SECOUR, Ala. (WALA) - Rape, sodomy and sexual torture are just some of the crimes Baldwin County Sheriff's investigators said a man did to a young girl. They said it happened in a Bon Secour home over a three year period.
Terry Nathan Bass, 33, stood in the Baldwin County Jail courtroom Monday, April, 1 as he was given his bond restrictions. Bass faces charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, sexual torture and sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12. Investigators arrested Bass late last week at the conclusion of a joint investigation with the Walton County Sheriff's Office.
"Collectively, our investigators have worked on the case…gone out and conducted multiple witness interviews, conducted interviews with the suspect and subsequently developed sufficient probable cause to make an arrest," said Baldwin County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Eric Winberg.
Deputies say the young girl was assaulted numerous times over a three year period with the latest incident happening in October of 2012. The victim and her family told Walton County authorities about the alleged incidents after they moved to Florida. Investigators said all of the acts happened while Bass had custody of the child at a home in Bon Secour on Kennedy Road."
FOX10 knocked on the door and a man who calls Bass his stepson answered. He believes all of the allegations are just a misunderstanding and are just a product of a domestic issue between Bass and his ex-wife.
"This is a fabricated story that has been brought up by a relationship gone bad. It's not um…I'm 150 percent sure that Nathan did not do what he's accused of doing," said Michael Hogeland, who said he's engaged to Bass' mother.
Investigators disagree saying they've heard all they need to hear to put Bass behind bars.
"What I can tell you is our investigators did conduct an interview with Mr. Bass and he was subsequently arrested," reiterated Winberg.
Baldwin County District Judge, Scott Taylor set Bass' bond at $200,000, $50,000 per charge, with his next court date set for April 12. If Bass makes bond, the judge also ordered that he undergo GPS ankle monitoring and that he have no contact with the victim or the victim's family.
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