TODAY: Preliminary hearing scheduled for former employee accused of raping woman at Madison YMCA
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Court documents show there is a preliminary hearing scheduled this morning for a man accused of raping a woman at the Hogan Family YMCA in Madison. Investigators say he was an employee at the time of the incident.
Joshua Wayne Bradford, 33, is scheduled for a hearing at 9:00 a.m. at the Madison County Courthouse.
Bradford was arrested in August for a crime that investigators say happened in April. At the time, Bradford was a part-time employee in the facilities department. YMCA managers say they suspended Bradford pending an investigation. He has since been fired.
Court records show Bradford had been charged with second degree rape in 2000, but the charges were dropped after he entered the North Alabama Sexual Offender Treatment Program.
Heart of the Valley YMCA President Jerry Courtney tells us all employees undergo criminal background checks. But for Bradford, “our background check came back that there had been no convictions,” said Courtney. “We checked three references, so we had no evidence prior to hiring that this person would have been anything other than a good employee.”
Madison Police have not released any further details about where the crime happened, or how Bradford knew the victim, in order to protect the person’s confidentiality.
Bradford was released from the Madison County Jail on a $30,000 bond.