Bail reduced for Dracut man charged with rape of child

Judge lowers bail by $1,000

Brian Weed (right), 61, of Dracut, was ordered held on $4,000 cash bail on charges of sexually assaulting a child.

LOWELL — Bail was reduced Monday in Lowell District Court for a 61-year-old Dracut man held on charges of sexually assaulting a child.

Brian Weed was arrested July 18 and charged with indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, aggravated rape, and rape of a child with force.

Weed was arraigned in Lowell District Court July 19, and held on $5,000 cash bail.

In a probable-cause hearing Monday, Judge Daniel Crane reduced Weed’s bail amount to $4,000 cash.

Defense Attorney Kristin Lummus argued Monday that Weed’s flight risk is low. His only record outside of this case is a parking ticket, and he has lived at the same residence for about 40 years, she said during session.

Middlesex District Attorney Prosecutor Christa Elliott opposed the reduction, citing the severity of the charges. She did not elaborate.

Weed was accused of inappropriately touching a minor on more than one occasion inside his 5 Second St. home, which he shares with his brother, according to a police report viewed in court.

A Department of Children and Families social worker learned of the accusations July 12 during a scheduled home visit unrelated to the incident and notified police, according to the report.

Police documents suggest that the defendant knows the accuser. The accuser reported being inappropriately touched and shown DVD pornography by Weed, according to police reports. Police believe the alleged assault took place over the last year, a report states. Weed denied these accusations.

On July 18, police found stickers and a poster for a kids’ movie on a wall in Weed’s bedroom, and six pornographic DVDs and Charleston Chew candy bars in dresser drawers. A plastic Market Basket bag filled with toys was found in the kitchen, according to a police report.

It is unclear at this time whether there is more than one child involved in the alleged incidents.

Lummus declined to comment on the case. Weed will return to Lowell District Court Sept. 18 for a probable-cause hearing.