A judge granted a bond to an Augusta water works employee who pled not guilty Friday to sexual assault charges in Columbia County.
Superior Court Senior Judge William M. Fleming Jr. granted a $40,000 bond to Brett Bennie Langham, 33, who was indicted Feb. 13 on aggravated sexual battery by a Columbia County grand jury.
Langham, who goes by “B.B.,” pled not guilty to the charge at the hearing. He was arrested Feb. 21.
Assistant District Attorney Amanda Heath said at the hearing that Langham inappropriately touched a 13-year-old girl between Nov. 9 and Nov. 11, 2012, while staying the night at a Columbia County residence. The girl said Langham rubbed her tummy, then moved his hand to her pants before she stopped him, rolled back over and went to sleep. The girl said she awoke with his hand in her pants assaulting her, Heath said.
The girl told family members, who reported the incident to authorities on Nov. 26.
Langham’s attorney, David Ghazi, said that Langham touched the girl to move her up in the bed, not to assault her. Ghazi also said the girl was deceitful in the past and that she possibly made up the story.
Langham served as a whistleblower in 2010 allegations of time card fraud in the water department, where he works as a water treatment plant operator. In August, Langham, a district representative for the Richmond County Republican Party, pleaded publicly with the Augusta Commission to compensate his family for flood damage in the Hollywood subdivision.