LOWELL — A 61-year-old Dracut man has been indicted by a grand jury and will appear in superior court on charges of sexually assaulting a child at his home.
Brian Weed is accused of inappropriately touching a minor more than once at the residence at 5 Second St., which he shares with his brother, according to a police report viewed in court. Police found six pornographic DVDs and Charleston Chew candies in Weed’s dresser drawers, and stickers and a poster for a kids’ movie on the wall in his bedroom, the report states.
Weed is charged with indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years old, aggravated rape and rape of a child with force.
A date has not been set for his arraignment in superior court, Assistant District Attorney Bader Abu-Eid announced during a probable-cause hearing Wednesday at Lowell District Court, presided over by Judge Barbara Pearson.
The defendant was arrested July 18, nearly a week after a Department of Children and Families social worker learned of the accusations during a home visit unrelated to the incident and notified police, according to a report.
Police documents suggest that the defendant knows the accuser, who reported being inappropriately touched and shown video pornography by Weed. Police believe the alleged assault took place over the past year, the police report states.
Weed, who has denied the accusations, was arraigned in Lowell District Court on July 19 and held on $5,000 cash bail. Judge Daniel Crane reduced Weed’s bail to $4,000 cash at a hearing on Aug. 19.
Defense Attorney Kristin Lummus, representing Weed, argued at that hearing that Weed’s flight risk is low. She said during the hearing that Weed’s only record outside of this case is a parking ticket and that he has lived at the same residence for about 40 years.
Lummus declined to comment Wednesday.
Weed is scheduled to appear for a status hearing in Lowell District Court on Nov. 13.