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Man charged with sexual battery, false imprisonment
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Posted: 2012 Nov 23 - 06:51


By Samantha Joseph

Staff writer


STUART -- According to police, Brandon James Wesley, a.k.a. Merc, said he "did not care about the police, as he was going to jail anyway."

About three hours later, turns out he was right.

Stuart Police arrested the 23-year-old on three felony charges.

Mr. Wesley, of 933 S.E. Bahama Ave., Stuart, was charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment.

Police arrested Mr. Wesley after a woman reported he'd grabbed her and forced her into his home.

The woman said she fought him, while Mr. Wesley ripped her clothes and assaulted her, according to the arrest report. She said he held her against her will for about 30 minutes, kicking and punching her, while verbally and sexually attacking her.

She said she was able to escape when a relative came to the door and threatened to call the police.

Police said the investigation of the woman's claims led to new charges against Mr. Wesley.

"When Stuart Police officers responded to Wesley's residence to make the arrest, they found several pieces of crack cocaine and also charged him with possession of cocaine," said Mike Pope, the police department's spokesman.

Mr. Wesley was out on bond at the time of an arrest in September, Mr. Pope said.

His early conviction came after a police special response team served a search warrant at his home, and subsequently charged him with possession of cocaine, tampering with evidence, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was held on $43,500 bond, which was later increased after a court hearing.

At press time Mr. Wesley remained at the Martin County Jail pending $302,500 bond.

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