Fort Benning soldier charged with molesting 5-year-old girl

27-year-old Branden Bounds, Source: Columbus Police Department
27-year-old Branden Bounds, Source: Columbus Police Department

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A Fort Benning soldier says he is innocent after being charged with molesting a little girl.

Police reports indicate 27-year-old Branden Bounds touched a 5-year-old girl in Columbus on December 1 and February 5. We're told the little girl told her parents of the incidents on Valentine's Day.

Officers testified Bounds made the child perform various sex acts on him and told her not to tell anyone. According to investigators, the child told authorities the incidents occurred "a lot."

He was escorted by his chain of command to police headquarters Thursday and plead not guilty to the charge of aggravated child molestation Friday.

A judge found probable cause in the case and bound it over to Muscogee County Superior Court.

Bounds is being held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail. 

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