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Man from Cumming indicted for rape, child molestation and assault
Brian Harris
Brian Gene Harris, 41, of Cumming has been formally charged in Forsyth County for allegedly raping a related female child younger 10 years old, molesting that same child and for assaulting a woman with a knife in July 2018.

A man from Cumming has been formally charged in Forsyth County for allegedly raping a related female child younger than 10 years old, molesting that same child and for assaulting a woman with a knife in July.

Brian Gene Harris, 41, of Cumming was indicted last week by the Superior Criminal Court of Forsyth County, according to court records.

Harris was arrested on July 21 after a domestic dispute led a juvenile to confide in authorities that an adult related to Harris was allegedly being sexually and physically abused by him, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. Authorities determined that the juvenile was allegedly also being sexually victimized by Harris.

Harris currently faces several felony charges for rape, incest, aggravated child molestation, child molestation and aggravated assault family violence.

In 2013, Harris was found guilty of terroristic threats and acts by Forsyth County Superior Court Judge David L. Dickinson and was sentenced to five years of probation and community service under the First Offender Act.

He is being held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond and is scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m. on Oct. 31, 2018.

This case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Courtney Moore and will be presided over by Superior Court Chief Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley.  

Attorney Bert Barker, Harris’s legal counsel, declined to comment for the FCN on his client’s indictment.

Other Forsyth County Superior Court indictments for October include:

─ Melvin Author Elzey, 67, of Atlanta was formally charged with four counts of child molestation. According to his indictment, at some time between April 7 and 9, 2017, Elzey allegedly touched a female child under the age of 16 on various body parts and allegedly committed a sexual act in her presence.

─ Venera Lokaj-Smit, 47, has been formally charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Indictment documents state that Lokaj-Smit allegedly assaulted a Forsyth County deputy with a knife on July 29, 2018.

─ Kenchion Renard Jones, 41, has been formally charged for possession of cocaine, driving under the influence, reckless driving and fleeing and attempting to elude. Indictment documents stated that on May 13, 2017, Jones allegedly drove a red Dodge Charger while under the influence of alcohol in a “reckless manner in reckless disregard of the safety of persons and property” and “did willfully fail to bring his vehicle to a stop” after being given audible and visual signals from a marked Forsyth County deputy.

─ Danielle Cherie Wright, 25, of Tucker has been formally charged for three counts of cruelty to children in the second degree. Wright was arrested on July 15, 2018, after her 2-year-old son went missing and was found an hour later alive floating in a nearby pool. Her indictment states that “with criminal negligence” Wright allegedly caused the child “excessive physical and mental pain by failing to properly supervise said child.” The indictment also lists “filthy and deplorable housing conditions” that allegedly contributed to the child’s physical and mental pain.

─ James Remon Lewis, 38, of Cumming has been formally charged for four counts of failure to register as a sex offender. According to his indictment, Lewis allegedly failed “to maintain required information” of his residence and employment with the sheriff’s office and “did unlawfully give false information” to deputies about where he was residing.