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Man facing sex crime allegation faced sodomy, abuse charges here in 2011

NC GAZETTE / WBRT RADIO
STAFF REPORT

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 — The Louisville man arrested Friday for allegedly seeking to have sex with a minor was previously arrested in Nelson County more than seven years ago on charges he alleged had sexual contact with minors here.

JEFFREY BAUNACH

WDRB reports that Jeffrey Baunach, 45, of Louisville, was arrested Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, after police say he allegedly met an undercover investigator online and requested to engage in sex acts with the investigator’s child.

According to WDRB, the police report alleges that Baunach offered sex with his own three children in exchange for sex with the undercover investigator’s child.

Baunach is due in court Feb. 20. His bond has been set at $50,000.

In Feb. 2011, Baunach was indicted by a Nelson County grand jury on charges of first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving victims under the age of 12.

According to the indictment, sometime between 2001 and 2003 in Nelson County, Baunach allegedly engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with a female juvenile under the age of 12 years by the use of forcible compulsion. Additionally, the indictment states that between 2001 and 2003, Baunach allegedly subjected a male juvenile under age 12 to sexual contact.

Baunach was acquitted of those charges when the case went to trial in 2014.

Some of the alleged victims from Baunach’s earlier case in Nelson County are using social media to draw attention to Baunach’s latest arrest and voice their hope that justice will be served.

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