BRENTWOOD — A Brentwood man was arrested yesterday on charges of raping and sexually abusing two of his children over the course of five years.
The 50-year-old man is being held at the Williamson County Jail in lieu of posting $500,000 bail. A court date had not been set yesterday.
The two children, boys ages 12 and 16, have been removed from the home, according to police.
The Tennessean does not identify victims of rape without their consent.
Because the children have the same last name as the suspect, the newspaper is not identifying the defendant. The case, which was investigated by Brentwood Detective David O'Neil, was presented to a Williamson County grand jury on Monday. The grand jury returned a 10-count indictment, charging the defendant with eight counts of rape of a child, one count of rape and one could of aggravated sexual battery, District Attorney General Ron Davis said.
The charges stem from incidents that allegedly occurred between September 2000 and December 2005.
O'Neil said the defendant, who is married, has four other children — two of whom are adults.
"At this point we have no reason to believe there are any other victims," O'Neil said.
Allegations of rape and abuse were brought forth by one of the victims, police said. On a mid-December day, a Brentwood patrol officer was called to the family's home to help resolve a domestic issue, O'Neil said. One of the boys told the officer that he and his brother had been abused.
Attempts to reach the defendant's attorney were not successful. A male who answered the phone at the defendant's Brentwood home hung up on a reporter after asking, "What is this regarding?"
The suspect is involved in the Christian book-publishing industry, according to police and numerous Web sites.
Marita Littauer, president of CLASServices, a New Mexico-based company which coordinates Christian writers conferences, said she knew the defendant on a "professional level."
"I seriously question the charges," Littauer said. "I cannot believe they are accurate."
Davis and O'Neil said few details would be released about the case because they do not want to identify the victims.