Charges that Dexter H. Posey molested a young girl have been bound to the Grand Jury, and his bond was raised to $150,000.
A magistrate earlier set the bond at $110,000 for Posey, 27, of 6905 Lake Shore Dr. He is charged with aggravated sexual battery.
Attorney Jerry Summers asked for a lower bond, but General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom said, "The community needs to be kept safe from someone who would molest a child."
Prosecutor Leslie Longshore said Posey is facing 8-12 years at 100 percent if convicted.
Attorney Summers said he has no prior record.
In the incident March 12 at the Posey residence, a six-year-old testified that Posey unzipped her pants and put his hand down her underwear, then rubbed her private area. She said they had gone out to throw a frisbee, then she went with Posey into a travel trailer he uses in his work as a welder. She said she was sitting on his lap viewing a video on his cellphone.
The child's mother said she thought it strange that, after Posey and the child came inside, she had been given cookies right before supper and Posey offered to take her and her two-year-old brother to buy them toys. She said Posey also talked about getting a dog the kids could play with.
She said on the way home the girl told of the incident, saying Posey had directed her not to tell anyone. The mother said, "I was floored." She swerved the car around and raced back to the Posey house. She said she confronted Posey's mother and said they had three choices: to not call police and risk Posey harming himself, face her husband coming after Posey, or calling police. She said she then made the call to police.
The mother said Posey's mother called him and he returned to the house. She said he first denied it, then he said, "Yes, I did it. I'm sick and I need help."
Prosecutor Longshore said a video of Posey being interviewed by police shows that after the detective left the room he pulled out a piece of paper that had been written on by the young girl and said, "I'm so sorry."
Attorney Summers said Posey had been attacked in the jail. He displayed a cut over his eye while in court. Judge Statom said she would talk to the jail about protecting the inmate.