Last week in 249th District Court in Glen Rose a 27-year-old Cleburne man pleaded not guilty to two felony counts accusing him of sexual crimes against a child.
Benjamin Michael McCleary was arrested on a warrant for the Somervell County case and booked into the Somervell County Jail on Sept. 12.
McCleary was charged with sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by sexual contact, according to Somervell County records. Both are second-degree felony counts.
With court-appointed attorney Dick Turner, McCleary entered a not guilty plea on Dec. 13.
McCleary’s bond was set at $150,000 on each count.
The grand jury’s Nov. 1 indictment describes multiple incidents alleged to have occurred with a female victim under the age of 17 on or about Aug. 4, 5 and 12 this year. Offenses against two different victims, both under age 17, were included in the document.
The document lists five counts in all — two of sexual assault of a child and three of indecency with a child by sexual contact.
In Texas, conviction of a second-degree felony carries a punishment of 2 to 20 in prison.