Joseph A. Short, 32, appeared before Judge Blaine Akers by video conference from the Clay County Justice Center, entering a formal plea of not guilty on one class C felony charge of child molesting a child under 14-years of age (which, if convicted, is punishable up to 2-8 years imprisonment with a $10,000 fine) and one class B misdemeanor charge of battery (which, if convicted, is punishable with up to 0-180 days imprisonment and a $1,000 fine).
During the investigation, Brazil City Police Det. Clint McQueen acquired enough information to arrest Short for alleged incident(s) of inappropriate fondling or touching of a juvenile and a separate incident of shoving the same juvenile.
According to court officials further case details are unavailable because the probable cause statement is sealed as part of the no contact order filed on behalf of the victim.
Short is currently being held in jail on a $25,000 cash bond with no 10 percent allowed. However, arrangements were made in court Monday for attorney Charles Hear to file a motion on Short's behalf for a possible bond reduction because his attorney Geoffrey Creason is unavailable at this time.
Appearing in court for a pretrial conference on June 16, Short is scheduled for a jury trial on July 30 at 1:30 p.m.