Bond reduction denied for child sex abuse suspect

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 32-year-old Maylene man who has been charged with allegedly sexually abusing a child over a 22-month period remains in the Shelby County Jail without bond after a judge recently denied the suspect’s request for a reinstated bond.

Bryson

Bryson

During a Nov. 12 hearing, Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Lara Alvis denied a request for a reinstated bond for Anthony Ray Bryson, who lists an address on First Avenue West in Maylene.

Bryson is now set to appear in Shelby County Circuit Court on Jan. 9, 2017, for a hearing.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bryson on Jan. 30 and charged him with one felony count of sexual abuse of a child younger than 12.

The arrest came after the case against Bryson was presented to a Shelby County grand jury in January. After reviewing the evidence, the grand jury returned a one-count indictment against Bryson, resulting in a warrant for his arrest.

According to the grand jury indictment, Bryson allegedly subjected a child younger than 12 to sexual contact between January 2014 and October 2015.

Bryson originally was released from the Shelby County Jail the day after he was arrested after posting a $25,000 bond. However, his bond was revoked and he was rebooked into the Shelby County Jail in April after he was charged with a third-degree burglary charge in Jefferson County.

In September, Bryson’s attorney requested Bryson’s bond be reinstated in the Shelby County charge, claiming Bryson sustained a concussion shortly before he was charged with burglary in Jefferson County.

“It is defendant’s contention that this medical condition is the underlying prime contributing factor to said incident,” read the bond reinstatement request. “Defendant has no prior criminal history and has previously served as a lawfully abiding citizen employed in Alabaster, Shelby County, Alabama area his entire adult life.”

Alvis denied Bryson’s request following the Nov. 12 hearing.

“After the court properly weighed the factors constituting a bond be given, the defendant’s motion is hereby denied,” read Alvis’ order.