Bass convicted in sexual assault

Published 12:00 pm Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A 26-year-old Cumberland County man was convicted recently in Cumberland Circuit Court on charges in connection to the sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl.

Kelly Bass

According to court officials, Bass was found guilty on charges of sodomy with a victim under 13, aggravated sexual battery with a victim under 13,  indecent act with child by parent and sexual object used on a victim under 13 years old.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) arrested Bass on March 17, 2016 and initially charged him with object sexual penetration of a child. His arrest arose from a complaint filed by the girl’s mother claiming Bass had fondled her daughter.

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Neither the victim nor her mother live in Cumberland County; the alleged act took place while they were visiting in the county.

At the time, CCSO Capt. Dennis Ownby said Bass and the victim were related. Ownby said deputies executed a search warrant at Bass’ home on Horsepen Road. Deputies then arrested Bass and transported him to Piedmont Regional Jail without bond.

Online court records show officials withdrew a child pornography charge Sept. 27.

Records also show the other alleged incidents took place Feb. 27 and 28, 2016.

A second charge of sodomy with a victim under 13 was dropped during the trial.