Dracut child rape case appears headed for superior court

Grand jury expected to decide on case

Brian Weed, 61, of Dracut, faces a probable-cause hearing in Lowell District Court on charges of sexually assaulting a child. The case may be moved to Middlesex Superior Court.

DRACUT — A grand jury will decide whether the case of a Dracut man charged with sexually assaulting a child will be moved to Middlesex Superior Court, Assistant District Attorney Emma Sipperly said Wednesday in Lowell District Court.

Brian Weed, 61, appeared in Lowell District Court Wednesday for a probable-cause hearing. 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.

Because the case is still before a grand jury, Sipperly requested Wednesday to set a new date for a probable-cause hearing.

Attorney Kristin Lummus, who represented Weed Wednesday, objected to setting a new date, and requested Weed’s bail amount be reduced.

Judge Barbara Pearson ordered Weed’s bail remain at $4,000 cash, and scheduled a new probable-cause hearing for Oct. 16.

Weed was arraigned July 19, and held on $5,000 cash bail. In a hearing Aug. 19, Judge Daniel Crane reduced Weed’s bail to $4,000 cash.

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.

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

While searching Weed’s home July 18, police discovered stickers and a poster for a kids’ movie on the wall in Weed’s bedroom, and six pornographic DVDs and Charleston Chew candy bars in a dresser. Police found a plastic Market Basket bag filled with children’s toys in the kitchen, according to a 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 is scheduled to return to Lowell District Court Oct. 16 for a probable-cause hearing.