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Second person arrested in juvenile case

Monday, June 1, 2009

A second suspect has been arrested for their alleged involvement in an investigation involving three missing female juveniles Friday, while the first suspect appeared in court Monday.

Brazil City Police Chief Dave Archer confirmed to The Brazil Times Monday Michael T. Hadley, 18, Brazil, was taken into custody on an arrest warrant for two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Officials at the Clay County Justice Center confirmed Monday that Hadley has bonded out to await formal court proceedings per the court calendar.

Due to the ongoing investigation, according to BCPD officials, specific details of the investigation will not be released to protect the identity of the three females involved.

The investigation started Thursday when authorities were contacted by a concerned parent, who reported their daughter had not returned home. While following up on leads in the case, parents of two other female juveniles reported their daughters missing.

Around 2 a.m., one of the missing female's parents informed authorities their daughter had just called them with information she had been "abducted and was with two other girls in a basement, but didn't know where they were."

Officials contacted the phone company twice during the investigation, but were unable to trace the location of two cell phones allegedly in the possession of the females.

However, the phone company was able to provide officials with the owner's identification of the second cell phone and their Brazil address.

Around 4:30 a.m., Friday, one of the officers happened to look through an open window of the home and see three people apparently hiding under a sheet in a bed.

The three missing girls were discovered at the home. Once they were outside, officers heard someone moving around in the attic area.

Although he initially refused to come out, Bartholomew J. Gurchiek III, 19, Brazil, was later taken into custody without incident and transported to the Clay County Justice Center.

Reunited with their families before being questioned by officers, all three girls (one 14-year-old and two 15-year-olds) admitted to drinking at a party held at the home, two girls admitted to participating in sexual activity, one of which admitted to having sex with Gurchiek.

Appearing before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout, Gurchiek entered a not guilty plea formal on formal charges of two D and one C felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and A misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement and contributing with the delinquency of a minor and one C misdemeanor charge of illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage.

The court appointed James Organ as public defender and set the matter for a jury trial at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 8. A cash bond was set $10,000 (no 10 percent allowed), with the conditions of bond that Gurchiek appear as ordered, obey all laws and have no contact with victims.

CCJC officials confirmed Gurchiek bonded out Monday to await further court proceedings.