Hurricane man suspected of child rape to have status hearing on Monday

ST. GEORGE – Arrested in April on two counts of first-degree felonies, Brady Heber Aiken is scheduled to appear Monday at 9 a.m. for a status hearing. Aiken, 26, is facing charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and rape of a child. 
 
His charges stemmed from a voluntary interview on April 28, when Aiken reportedly admitted to the Hurricane Police Department that he sexually abused two children, both under the age of five. One of the children resides in Washington County while the other in Kane County.
 
Aiken also faces charges in Kane County, where he grew up, for allegedly sexually abusing a child in 2000 while still a juvenile. Kane County is looking at possibly enhancing their charges against Aiken pending the outcome of his prosecution here.
 
According to court records, Aiken was investigated in 2003 for sexual abuse of a child, but no formal charges were ever filed. In addition, court records revealed that Aiken, during the police interview, allegedly admitted to developing an addiction for child pornography while attending college. Police believe there may be other victims besides the two Aiken allegedly admitted to during the interview.
 
“An investigation is ongoing into possible other victims from the Washington and Kane County areas,” Sgt. Stacy Gubler said. “We are hoping other victims come forward. This is a really sad case.”
 
While the Washington County attorney’s office has asked that the name of the victim not be revealed at this time, it is known by the original press release distributed by the Hurricane Police Department that Aiken was in a position of trust and knew the victim.
 
Following the interview with Aiken on April 28, police waited two days before formally arresting him to give them a chance to also interview the alleged victim. Aiken was later arrested and booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility on $40,000 cash bail. He was released that same day when Samuel Aiken, a relative of the suspect, bailed him out using three credit cards to do so.
 
While the police report said Aiken initially admitted to the charges voluntarily, he later pled not guilty. The status hearing Monday is for the judge, prosecution and the defendant to discuss the details of the case. At that time, the defendant can decide to change his plea. If he does, the judge could sentence Aiken immediately or schedule it for another date. If Aiken chooses to keep his original plea, the case may be bound over for trail.
 
The Hurricane police have asked anyone with information relating to this case to please call Gubler at 435-635-9663.
 
Aiken previously owned the company, Aiken Tile Inc., however he allowed his contractor license to lapse in Nov. 2009.

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