Parents charged in sex and child abuse appear in circuit court

Photos: Bradley Uren and Jennifer Uren

A Gassville couple facing sex related and child abuse charges appeared in Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.

Thirty-five-year-old Bradley Uren and 36-year-old Jennifer Uren were arrested March 6. Bradley Uren is charged with three counts of rape and Jennifer Uren with two counts of permitting child abuse.

It was the first person-to-person session of circuit court for more than two months because of operational restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jennifer Uren entered a not guilty plea to the charges against her on March 12. Mountain Home lawyer Matt Stone represents her. Stone told the court Thursday there was no action to take in her case. She is set for trial in mid-October and will make her next reappearance in early September. She is free on $5,000 bond.

Bradley Uren is a registered sex offender. His records show he is required to register during his lifetime after being convicted of sexual battery in August 2005.

According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office website, the sex offender status stemmed from an incident in another state involving a then-18-year-old Bradley Uren and a 14-year-old female.

Bradley Uren was convicted of encouraging the minor female to come to his house where he forced her to remove her clothing at knife point.

As for the current charges against the couple, the court has sealed some of the information, including the probable cause affidavits. During Thursday’s court session, Bradley Uren entered a not guilty plea to his charges and asked if his $500,000 bond could be reduced. Circuit Judge John Putman said no.

According to available public records, Bradley Uren and his wife filed petitions in February seeking orders of protection, with each listing the other as respondent in the actions.

Court records show Jennifer Uren filed her petition against her husband Feb. 3, followed by Bradley Uren’s petition against his wife that was filed about a week later.

In his petition, Bradley Uren accuses his wife of wanting to sell one of their children to relatives of hers for $10,000. He alleges his wife and unnamed individuals “have a conspiracy” to get him “out of the picture.”

He accuses her of being violent with him, hanging out with convicted criminals and threatening to “find someone to take care of me.”

In her petition, Jennifer Uren alleges her husband has hit her several times, tried to break her arm and threatened her life and the lives of the couple’s children.

She accused Bradley Uren of having “peek holes” in the home enabling him to watch “every move” made by his wife and children.

Jennifer Uren says the Arkansas Department of Human Services has custody of the children and alleges it is because of her husband’s actions toward them.

Jennifer Uren filed for divorce in early March last year. The action was dismissed about six months later.

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