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Bond denied Augusta man in rape case



AUGUSTA, Ga. – An Augusta man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl was denied bond Friday.

Alexander Slater, who was taken into custody May 13, faces a single charge of rape. During his Richmond County Superior Court bond hearing, Assistant District Attorney Mary Elizabeth Watkins said the assault occurred July 4.

The victim only recently disclosed what happened after her mother discovered the girl had been searching online for advice on what to do if sexually assaulted, Watkins said. She was also scared to say anything because Slater threatened to kill her if she told.

Slater has no criminal history, has never even been arrested before, said defense attorney Rachel Dolly. Slater, a high school graduate, is under mental health treatment, she said.

Judge Ashley Wright denied bond, finding Slater could pose a danger to the community and a danger of intimidating the victim.