Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Trial to start for dad charged with 30 counts of rape involving daughter (Santa Clarita, California)

Dad is identified as DANIEL BRYANT WISEHART.

Trial To Start Thursday For Father Accused Of Rape

Posted by: Perry Smith 
in Court, Santa Clarita Latest News 

March 4, 2015 - 2:11 pm 

Jury selection is scheduled to start Thursday now for a Santa Clarita man accused of repeatedly raping his own daughter.

Daniel Bryant Wisehart, 47, of Santa Clarita, was charged with 30 counts in connection with an alleged sexual relationship with his daughter while she was under the age of 14.

Wisehart has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and turned down a 42-year plea deal in open court last week.

The prosecution filed a complaint accusing Wisehart of one count of lewd acts upon a child and 29 counts of rape against the victim, alleging the crimes occurred about five years ago.

Opening statements are now expected Monday at the earliest, according to officials.

The victim’s mother found out about the allegations in May, and Wisehart was arrested, according to testimony presented in court.

Wisehart was ordered to stand trial for the charges in November.

The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Emily Cole of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The incest-rape charges were investigated by the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Wisehart was arrested May 15 at 11:50 a.m., according to Sheriff’s Department arrest records.

He’s been in custody since his arrest.

The complaint filed alleges the crimes occurred between June 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010.

If convicted of all of charges, Wisehart faces a maximum sentence of more than 125 years in prison.

Wisehart is being held at Men’s Central Jail in lieu of $3 million bail.