Musician accused of child rape released from jail

Judge sets bond for musician accused of child rape

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A local musician accused of child rape has been released from jail after posting bond.

Singer-songwriter John Brannen, 60, was granted a $75,000 bond on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of committing a lewd act on a child under 14.

According to Charleston County Detention Center records, he is no longer being held in the jail.

Under the conditions of his bond, the suspect cannot have contact with the alleged victim or the mother of the alleged victim. He must also undergo treatment for substance abuse and maintain current treatments for attention-deficit disorder.

He must also turn in his passport.

The charges, which Brannen has denied, are the result of an investigation which began earlier this year.

On Jan. 18, 2013, a 9-year-old girl told authorities at the Lowcountry's Children's Center that she had been sexually abused by Brannen when she was between the ages of 6 and 8.

The victim said when she came to visit the suspect, he would ask her to come sleep in his bed. According to the victim, when Brannen attempted to inappropriately touch her, the victim tried to push the suspect away.

An affidavit states in one incident, the suspect engaged in sexual battery with the girl who was between the ages of 6 and 8.

The victim told police that the suspect touched her inappropriately several times.

Brannen's attorney, Andy Savage, said last week that similar allegations were investigated by the Lowcountry Children's Center in 2009. Savage said those allegations were found not to be true.

Brannen was born in Savannah but grew up in Charleston, according to his website.

His website states he has been signed with two record companies, Nashville-based Mercury Records and Detroit-based Sly Dog, One of his songs has also appeared on an Eagles record, according to the website.

Brannen most recently formed the duo Troubadour Kings with James House. Their debut album Heartache Town was released in June 2012. A single from the album, "Get Lucky," appeared on HBO's hit show True Blood, according to the website.

On Jan. 21, Brannen stated on his Twitter account, "All #TroubadourKings shows canceled until further notice."

A quote from Brannen also appears on the website. It reads, "The world is a big old house that's fraught with unknown rooms. You go down a hall and find a door that will open and explore what's in there, and see what you get, and then you have to get out alive!. I just try to stay in favor with my muse - that's what it's all about."

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