Charleston area musician facing rape charges

By Eric

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Accusations of child rape were made Monday against a Lowcountry musician who's made the Charleston area his home his entire life.

Jon Brannen, of Mount Pleasant, is the man charged with sexual misconduct against a little girl.

Court documents accuse Brannen, 60, of committing criminal sexual conduct against a minor, as well as a lewd act against a minor between 2009 and 2011. The court papers also say the alleged victim was less than 10 years old at the time.

Brannen was read his charges in a North Charleston magistrate court.

Mount Pleasant police say the long-time musician invited the alleged victim to bed on several occasions between June 2009 and June 2011. Court papers say the girl would have been six to eight years old at the time.

Shortly after the hearing Monday, Brannen's attorney said these same accusations had been brought against him previously.

"Unfortunately, these types of allegations, once you're charged that's the taint, those are the issues that are never recovered," said attorney Andy Savage.

Savage said the girl was first examined by the Lowcountry Children's Center two years ago. He said at that time the charges against Brannen were deemed unfounded. But a court affidavit said on Jan. 18, the children's center again interviewed the alleged victim and determined Brannen had sexually assaulted her.

Around the same time, Brannen's website shows his professional plans were put on hold. The self-proclaimed journeyman rock musician canceled several concerts{}that dated{}back to late January.

"And you go back and see when they were canceled: as soon as we knew there was a problem we wanted to get it resolved," Savage said.

Brannen's bond was denied for the charges of criminal sexual conduct. For the charge of a lewd act against a minor, bond was set at $25,000.

Brannen remains in jail in Charleston County.