Fallon man denies lewd acts with teen
FALLON – A man accused of picking up a 13-year-old girl in California and bringing her to Nevada where lewd acts were performed pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three felonies.
Brady James Drayton was bound over to district court after a preliminary hearing last week where the alleged victim testified.
He appeared for an arraignment in district court before Judge Wayne A. Pederson where he pleaded not guilty to lewdness with a child under the age of 14.
The offense carries a life sentence in prison and probation would not be an option if Drayton is found guilty at trial.
He also denied giving the teen marijuana and being under the influence of drugs. He faces one to six years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted of giving drugs to the girl.
Deputy District Attorney Craig Mingay asked the judge to modify or revoke Drayton’s bail, which was reduced to $25,000 by the justice court. Drayton posted bond after his arrest in June.
Mingay said the alleged victim flew in from California last week to testify in justice court at Drayton’s preliminary hearing.
“After the prelim, she ran away from her mother and was found in Oats Park with the defendant in her presence,” Mingay said.
Defense attorney Paul Drakulich said his client did not contact the alleged victim but she sought him out and found him at the park.
“He happened to be there and she showed up,” Drakulich told the judge.
Pederson warned Drayton about future contact with the teen but did not revoke bail.
“I don’t think the court should punish him for her conduct,” he said. “If she does run away and tries to contact you, your custodial status is in jeopardy. Conduct yourself accordingly.”
Fallon police received a tip about Drayton, who was 22 when he reportedly picked up the girl in California.
Law enforcement said at the time that Drayton and the girl knew each other when he lived in Paso Robles where the girl resided. The two allegedly corresponded via the Internet, letters and phone calls.
Mingay said the teen was cooperative during her testimony at the preliminary hearing, essentially repeating what she told detectives at the time of Drayton’s arrest. He said the girl is now back home in California.
Fallon detective Jerry Edwards testified that Drayton confessed to the crimes when interviewed by police.
Drayton’s trial is been scheduled to begin March 14.
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