Family members filled up nearly two rows in Harford County District Court Wednesday for a bail review hearing for a 16-year-old Aberdeen boy charged with first-degree rape.
Brandon Alexander Somerville, of the 700 block of Wineberry Way, was charged Tuesday with rape, fourth-degree sexual offense, second-degree assault and first-degree burglary. He appeared before District Court Judge John L. Dunnigan Wednesday, who ordered that the teenager be held without bail.
Attorney Michael Mitchell represented Somerville, emphasizing that he has lived in Harford County his entire life and, prior to this arrest, has no criminal record, including in juvenile courts. Mitchell requested an appropriate bail to be set and pointed out that the door to the home where the alleged rape occurred showed no signs of forced entry.
Somerville attends Aberdeen High School, Mitchell added, and works at Baltimore City summer camps during the summer months.
Assistant State's Attorney Kemba Lydia-Moore requested that Somerville continue to be held without bail because of the "seriousness" of the charges.
Referring to the charging documents, Lydia-Moore said Somerville went to a juvenile girl's house and, after she slightly opened the door and asked him the leave, he allegedly forced his way inside.
Lydia-Moore said Somerville forced the girl to have sex with him, mentioning that there was corroborating physical evidence.
After Dunnigan ordered Somerville to be held without bail, Dunnigan addressed the family, many of whom were in tears, as was Somerville, and mentioned a reversal. Mitchell, the teenager's attorney, said they had already discussed a reversal to juvenile status.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Somerville was being held in the Harford County Detention Center.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun