Anderson man charged with rape, sexual battery months after incident involving 17-year-old

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Troy Max Brauchla

UPDATE (April 3, 2017) — Jurors reached a not guilty verdict in the case against Troy Brauchla.

ANDERSON, Ind. (July 30, 2015) – An Anderson man faces charges in connection with the rape and sexual battery of a 17-year-old boy who was staying at his home.

The charges stem from an incident in February 2015 in which the teenager said the man touched him inappropriately. Authorities said charges took months to file because they had to wait for test results.

Troy Max Brauchla, 54, was arrested Tuesday on charges of rape and sexual battery. Court documents show the 17-year-old was staying with Brauchla as he had before in the past. He woke up to find Brauchla rubbing his leg.

“Act like this isn’t even happening,” Brauchla is quoted as saying in court documents.

The probable cause affidavit said Brauchla then pulled down the teen’s shorts and grabbed his privates. The teen shoved Brauchla away; the 54-year-old then left the room. The teen called police.

Anderson police interviewed Brauchla about the incident. He “would not answer any police questions and emphatically denied” ever touching the teen, court documents said. He wouldn’t provide a voluntary DNA sample; investigators were able to obtain one on Feb. 20 after getting a warrant.

Investigators said the results, which came back on June 5, showed Brauchla’s DNA was found on the victim.

Prosecutors said Brauchla was previously charged with child molestation in connection with a 1983 case. While the jury found him guilty of battery and neglect, jurors couldn’t reach an agreement on the child molestation charge.

Prosecutors have filed notice of their intent to file habitual offender status in the case. The court has also issued a no-contact order for the victim.

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