Georgia’s Adam Anderson granted bond in rape case

Georgia outside linebacker Adam Anderson (19) gets set to rush the pass during the Bulldogs’ game against Arkansas on Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium in Athens on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh/UGA Athletics)
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Georgia outside linebacker Adam Anderson (19) gets set to rush the pass during the Bulldogs’ game against Arkansas on Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium in Athens on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh/UGA Athletics)

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ATHENS -- Despite a second alleged victim coming forward in court Wednesday, Georgia football player Adam Anderson was granted a $25,000 bond in Athens-Clarke County Superior Court. Anderson is expected to be released under conditions by Thursday morning, according to his attorney.

Anderson, a senior outside linebacker from Rome, has been incarcerated in the Athens-Clarke County Jail on rape charges since his arrest Nov. 10. Anderson has denied the charge through his attorney, Steve Sadow of Atlanta.

Sadow confirmed that a second alleged victim came forward during the victim-impact portion of the hearing Wednesday. The Athens Banner-Herald reported that the person came forward through a local advocacy group after the Oct. 29 charges against Anderson became public. The person alleged a 2020 incident involving Anderson in neighboring Oconee County. Both individuals offered victim-impact statements that were read to the court.

Among the conditions of the bond issued by Superior Court Judge Eric Norris was that Anderson be allowed to remain enrolled in classes at UGA through the end of fall semester. However, after final exams are completed, Anderson will be barred from the Western Judicial Circuit region that incorporates Clarke and Oconee counties, except for legal proceedings or attorney visits. In addition to Sadow, Anderson is represented by attorney Barbara Moon of McDonough.

“We reassert that he is innocent, and I appreciate the court hearing from us on the question of bond,” Sadow said afterward.

A dozen Georgia football players and twice as many friends and family members attended the hearing in support of Anderson, according to Sadow.

“It was voluntary,” Sadow said. “They were not compelled to be there.”

Anderson remains indefinitely suspended from the team he has been a part of since signing with UGA as a 5-star prospect in 2018. The No. 1-ranked Bulldogs play Charleston Southern in the final home game of the season Saturday.

Athens-Clarke County police issued an arrest warrant for Anderson on Nov. 9 after a 13-day investigation. A 21-year-old woman filed a report with police Oct. 29 alleging that she was raped by Anderson earlier that morning at a South Milledge Avenue address in Athens.

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