Kennewick man pleads innocent to indecent liberties with teen girl

TRI-CITY HERALD STAFFSeptember 23, 2013 

A Kennewick man who claims to do "weird things in his sleep" is charged with having inappropriate sexual contact with a teen girl.

Brandon Robert Gardner, 20, pleaded innocent to one count of indecent liberties. Trial is set for Nov. 4 in Benton County Superior Court.

The victim contacted Kennewick police in January to report what allegedly happened to her in summer 2011.

A group of young people were sleeping on the floor in a Kennewick home when the girl woke to find Gardner had a hand down her pants, court documents said. He removed his hand when she rolled over, documents said.

The victim told two others about it the next day, and they confronted Gardner, who allegedly apologized to the girl and said he does weird things in his sleep.

Gardner admitted to Kennewick Detective Bill Dramis to sleeping next to the girl on the floor with a group of people, and said he had been told that two nights in a row the girl awoke to find him inappropriately touching her, court documents said.

Gardner said "he didn't really remember this happening because he was unconscious and asleep, but that he was 'pretty sure it did happen,' " documents said.

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