Superior Court Judge Trent Brown presided over the Aug. 22 bond hearing, and when all the arguments and witnesses were heard, he granted Storm Vaughn a $60,000 bond.
The courtroom was filled with supporters of the alleged victims and offender, which made for some tense moments.
Vaughn, 17, was indicted by a grand jury Aug. 6 on one count of rape and cruelty to children in the first degree involving a 16-year-old girl, and one count of sexual battery and cruelty to children in the first degree involving a second 16-year-old girl.
The dates cited for the crimes were Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2012, to Jan. 1, 2013, respectively.
The bond petition was made by the defendant, who was represented by Macon attorney Sam Hart Jr., and he was the first to speak. Hart pointed out to the court that Vaughn has no priors. He said the rape charge arose from a party, and drinking was involved.
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