Accused sex offender Bateman is arraigned

KINGMAN ­ A team of Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested David Romaine Bateman early Friday afternoon at his home in Colorado City.

Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan said on Monday morning that his office had sent a squad of deputies and detectives to Colorado City last week looking to arrest Batemen and several other men, four of whom were indicted on Thursday.

Bateman, 48, is charged with sexual conduct with a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor, both Class 6 felonies, after a grand jury indicted him, along with the others, on Thursday. According to the Mohave County Attorney's office, the charges stem from alleged sexual conduct with a girl younger than 18 from an unlawful, unrecognized marriage.

Mohave County Superior Court Judge James E. Chavez presided over Bateman's arraignment on Monday morning. The defendant is represented by Bruce Griffin, an attorney from Flagstaff.

Griffin said he took on the case after several other lawyers contacted him about representing Bateman and a group of Colorado City men who also are facing similar charges.

Chavez agreed to Griffin's stipulation to reduce Bateman's initial $30,000 bond to a $2,500 cash bond, and to allow the defendant to travel through the states of Utah and Nevada to reach his home in Colorado City.

Chavez set Bateman's case management conference for 9:30 a.m. Aug. 5.