A judge set bonds totaling $200,000 for a U.S. Postal Service worker in Bradenton charged with raping two minors 20 years ago.
Dan Cobbs Jr., 50, was charged Thursday morning with two counts of sexual battery with a weapon on victims over 12 years old. According to investigators, the two victims said that Cobbs raped them multiple times in 1995.
Cobbs went before Manatee County Judge Charles Sniffen on Thursday afternoon for a first-appearance hearing. The holding cell at the jail was cleared so that no other inmates would hear the nature of the charges.
Cobbs kept his head bowed throughout most of the hearing, only mumbling to himself after being reminded of his right to remain silent.
Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Detective Brian Moreland testified that before the hearing, a younger sibling of the victims corroborated what the victims told detectives. The younger sibling, now about 30 years old, said Cobbs had a conversation with her about the assaults when she was about 11 years old.
“She indicated she is willing to testify,” Moreland said.
Cobbs has no criminal history, according the State Attorney’s Office.
“Those allegations are about 20 years old,” Assistant Public Defender Patrick Kane said in response to state requesting bonds totaling $1 million. “I think that the court should take that into account.”
Cobbs, who was arrested at his residence in the 900 block of 35th Avenue Drive East and questioned about the accusations, was cooperative, Kane added.
Cobbs is being held in the Manatee County jail. His next scheduled court appearance is March 20.