Hugh Whitehead

Hugh Whitehead

A Bryan man accused of committing a series of serious crimes on Dec. 6, 2019, was arraigned on several charges in court on Monday, following his recent indictment by a Williams County grand jury.

On Monday, Hugh L. Whitehead, 66, was arraigned in Williams County Court of Common Pleas on charges of rape, a first-degree felony; felonious assault, a second-degree felony; abduction, a third-degree felony; and domestic violence, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

According to online court records, Bryan police allege that he held his victim against her will, “strangled her and digitally penetrated” her. The indictment further contends that Whitehead is a sexually violent predator.

Whitehead is also said by Bryan police in court documents to have threatened to kill another individual and “burn their home down.”

At the arraignment, Whitehead was found to be indigent and was appointed counsel by the court, Ian Weber Esq.

Whitehead’s bond was set by Judge JT Stelzer at $250,000. If Whitehead posts bond, he will be subject to a hearing to determine and note his exact residence and he would be barred from any contact with the alleged victims.

Whitehead, who was arrested on a warrant in mid-December, is currently incarcerated at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio. He appeared in court Monday via video.

A final pretrial conference is set for Jan. 22.

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Michael Thompson

Why would any judge release him on bond? This man is violent and a sexual predator. The only place he needs to be is in jail.

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