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Baby’s DNA results implicate Athens man in sex abuse case

Martin Brandstrom was arrested Wednesday night in Athens.
Martin Brandstrom was arrested Wednesday night in Athens.(Athens Police Department)
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 2:55 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2022 at 3:05 PM CST

ATHENS, Texas (KLTV) - A suspected child abuser was arrested on Wednesday night following an investigation by Athens police.

According to a statement by police, they served an arrest warrant on Martin Brandstrom, 47, at his residence in Athens for 2nd Degree Felony Sexual Assault of a Child. According to a probable cause affidavit, the arrest warrant was issued based on DNA evidence indicating a 99.9 percent positive result that Brandstrom fathered a child with a 16-year-old Athens girl.

Judge McKee preset Brandstrom’s bond at $1 million with conditions preventing him from having contact with any child under the age of 17.

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